When you are presented with an opportunity, take it. Often in life we are scared of things that are unfamiliar to us and may make us uncomfortable. Before this trip I had never left my family before for such a long period of time. Going on this trip was able to teach me that I am okay on my own, though I did miss them like crazy. The beautiful excursions we were all able to be a part of was magical. I will never forget how beautiful the Dominican Republic was. I am so blessed to have been a part of something so wonderful. Being able to go into a Montessori school and build such a strong bond with the staff and children in such a short amount of time is indescribable. Everyone is so hard working and dedicated to what they love, and that is helping people in any way possible. The atmosphere and attitude of everyone I have encountered was contagious. After volunteering at the school I was able to see how much there is for me to do in the world. I am capable of anything, and everything. At 3 Mariposas Montessori they are family and treat every guest as a part of their family. That is something that everyone should want to be a part of. Family is very important to me, and I know that when I enter into a foreign place it can be very scary but when you are welcomed with open arms into such a strong family, I feel right at home. So enjoy some pictures of my DR family!