This was my first ever CAS experience, and I enjoyed it a lot. During the Trip, I experienced challenges, tried new things, learned about myself, and came back a bit different person.
The first days were the most challenging because it was the first time that I flew out of the country without my family which made me more conscious about the things going on around me since my parents weren’t there to protect and guide me. Also throughout the week, we did activities that challenged me to get out of my comfort zone like learning capoeira and gardening, which were very interesting and made me more knowledgeable in those fields. Also made me develop skills like planting on the farm or in the community garden and the physical skills developed through the class of capoeira like coordination and stunts they taught us.
Throughout the trip, I also experienced a lot of new things, because of the presentations that CAS had planned for my group. I’m very thankful for the people who shared their experiences and knowledge with me, they impacted me and made me reflect on the way I live. How without thinking I take for granted how privileged I am. Also, they changed the way I look at the world and made me thankful for the things that I have and how I can help others.
Even if it’s a little thing for me, maybe it will make someone’s day better or week better. For example, on the trip to Moravia, I took the opportunity with a classmate to buy a football to give to the kids that played football in the streets and the feeling that I got when giving away the footballs was something that I’ve never felt before in my life which was like a type of joy that just made me feel better and made want to help more people.
In conclusion, I enjoyed the trip to Medellin a lot. I am very thankful for all the people who showed us all about their experiences and their homes with a lot of respect and kindness. This trip was very educational and fun. I think everyone should have the opportunity to try out this experience. This trip was very fun and I will remember it forever.