By Marina Crain, a member of the SkillCorps Dominican Republic June 2016 team

When I was preparing to leave for this trip to the Dominican Republic, people were constantly asking me, “Are you excited?”  I was never quite sure how to respond.  Besides the fact that I had put off packing until the last possible minute and felt like I still had so much to do, I just wasn’t sure what to expect.  I was ready to jump in and find out.  The only things I expected were to be challenged professionally and personally.

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Those expectations were correct.  I have been challenged in so many ways and have learned so much more than I anticipated I would.  I have had my thinking challenged and have begun understanding the importance of the “big picture” in building up my own and the skills of others.  I have been challenged to always consider sustainability and to question everything.  I have been challenged to work as part of a team of people I have only known for 14 days and have realized that it takes so little time to form bonds that will last for years to come. 

We only have a few days left here in Santo Domingo, and I know I will continue to be challenged, but also that I will continue to meet those challenges head on and gain skills that I will carry with me forever. 

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