I cannot believe we are leaving to El Espino in a few days! The months that we have spent preparing for this trip have been so remarkable. I have learned so much and am very thankful for this opportunity and for everyone who has helped make this possible. So many people were excited for me and made very generous donations. I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for everyone who has supported me along the way.

There are so many thoughts running through my mind knowing that I will soon be in a totally different environment and culture. Although it is going to be more difficult for me to communicate with the people of El Salvador because I do not speak much Spanish, I believe knowledge and love can be shown through other attributes.

We have been getting to know the scholarship students by reading their blogs and now we finally get to meet them and hear their stories in person! I couldn’t be more excited! I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a place with such poverty. I know there is poverty all around the world but it has always seemed surreal to me because I have grown up with endless amounts of opportunity, so it is hard for me to believe that people can live in such difficult situations like most of the people in El Salvador and I think this trip is going to open my eyes to a lot of things. I believe this experience is going to change my life and help me grow so much as a person.

Every day I think about how happy, thankful and excited I am to be making friends with these amazing people.