By Emily Seevers, a member of the SkillCorps Nicaragua October 2017 team

Today wraps up the second week of the trip and walking into the center this morning was a bit sad.  I’m going to miss this center, this country and these people.  This trip was more than I could have ever imagined.  One thing that sticks out to me is the word friendship.  One common cause brought 5 strangers together.  We were five women from all over North America, traveling to a foreign country to make a lasting impact.  Before arriving to New York, I was stepping out of my comfort zone by traveling abroad with a group of people I had never met before.  While I may have been nervous before this journey, I now know that I had nothing to worry about.  (“Being nervous is a waste of time anyways.” – words of wisdom from a restaurant owner we met on this journey.)

(Photo Credit: @maggierotanzphoto)

Friendship at the center – From the moment we walked up the steps to CIE, the staff welcomed us into their world.  When we arrived, we were greeted with a welcome banner, donuts, and hugs.  They were excited to have us.  In a unique way we were strangers, yet friends.  Over the course of these last two weeks, we have spent time working closely with Bea and her staff, and developed relationships.  On the first morning we arrived, we were greeted with smiles and a warm “Buenos dias!”, and it has been the same ever since.  Walking into the center each morning feels like home.

 

 

(Photo Credit: @maggierotanzphoto)

(Photo Credit: @maggierotanzphoto)

Friendship with our driver – Our driver for this trip was named Magali.  She is a 27-year-old woman who instantly welcomed us.  She was the one who would be driving us to and from the center each day. From the moment she picked us up at the airport, she was so excited to show us her country and tell us more about her culture, just as you would with a friend who was visiting out of town.  Throughout the trip, we shared stories, made jokes, and practiced our Spanish with Magali.

Friendship with our teammates – Our team is absolutely amazing!  Everyone has something unique to contribute to the team dynamic.  As our wise leader would say, we vibe well together.  Over the past 18 days, we have had great conversations, shared too many laughs to count, and most importantly, made a difference at CIE.

This trip has simply been incredible.

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