We had the pleasure of talking with Monica, a journalism intern in Ecuador who comes from The University of Michigan.
Monica wanted to travel to South America for a new experience and, to strengthen her Spanish language skills, and to be immersed in a new culture. Did it work? “I was a 100% immersed on day one,” she reported. And even better, “I met my host family and they were so sweet and honest, so instantly welcoming. People tell you that they’re welcoming but you think to yourself, maybe they won’t be for me, but they totally were.” Monica even found the courage to broach the delicate subject of eating Cuy (the South American delicacy of cooked Guinea Pig). She was opposed out of respect for her pet Guinea Pig at home. Their response – lot of laughs. Whew. Although, our staff notes, if you’re unattached to Guinea Pigs? Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.
Is World Endeavors The Right Choice? How do you know?
“As well as being affordable, there were reviews from WE alumni that helped me make my decision. There was also a large range of specific programs in multiple destinations.” We’ve got to hand it to our alumni who keep inspiring others to make a bold move and engage themselves in a meaningful experience abroad. It really helped Monica.
Lessons Learned – “Say yes.”
“The answer is always yes. I learned how not to be scared and say yes because you realize that life is short and the greater regret is not taking opportunities. Zip-lining was also pretty incredible.” In addition to saying yes to zip-lining and other challenges, Monica said yes to new experiences too, like meeting a tribal community who can trace their roots back further than the Mayans. Monica’s cultural experience was the real thing – not just another vacation.
She’ll be off again in the near future to visit friends in Scandinavia and the UK – and will be headed back to Ecuador to start her career as an online content writer. “Make sure you do it,” she said. “It’s worth the money and it will change you in a positive way.”
Posted by World Endeavors on May 15, 2017
World Endeavors believes that international travel has the power to change lives, broaden horizons, and deepen intercultural understanding. The world is undergoing rapid changes, with societies becoming more interconnected and environmentally aware; at the same time a more challenging global economy inspires in many a need to reach out and make a positive difference while seeking personal growth opportunities. There has never been a better time than now to travel abroad.