I have had friends go abroad all around the world. When they come back all they do is rave about the amazing experience that they had. I was always so jealous because I knew that I could have that experience as well but needed to find the right program. When I found the Chile program, I knew it was something that I wanted to explore. I think the best part of the program is that we are still pursuing our career paths while we are there. No experience is a waste of time or money but I do believe that this program is going to help mold me into the flexible, cultured teacher that I aspire to be. While I do have some worries, I think the positives will out weigh the worries.
Honestly, I am most worried about leaving work. I work in a group home as a direct care staff. There are 6 ladies that live there all with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. I have been explaining to them that I am leaving for about a month, but I will be coming back. Some of them understand and some of them do not. For those that do not, I am worried that they will think I left. I will be face timing while I am there so hopefully that helps! I have been working with these lovely ladies for about three years. It is not a job anymore its a family. After work, I am most nervous to leave my cat( My family too, but they understand that I am leaving :) )! She likes lots of love so I will have to put my roommate to the job. I am nervous to leave because of these things but these things (besides my cat) are also the reason I am going. I want to become a better person so in turn, I can help make the world a better place.
Like I said prior, I always wanted to go abroad. I always wanted to turn that pipe dream into a reality. I have never really expressed that to anyone before. Even when I was applying to this program, I did not tell many people. I think it is because I did not want to be that person that says they are going to jump out of the airplane, but never does. I want to be the person who says they are going to jump and they jump.
So, I am jumping. I am jumping with a lovely group of ladies who I'm sure will all support one another as we embark on this journey. Jumping will be the scary part but soaring while we are there is what I am most excited for.