A vacation is an exemption from life for a while. It is the most sought-after, looked-forward-to time. You save, plan, and await the date. Destinations are endless; however, time is limited. A vacation is your hard earned time off from the real world and you want to make the most out of it.
I spent my last spring break in San Pedro, Belize. San Pedro is absolutely beautiful. It is paradise on Earth, an exotic island location complete with white sand, clear blue water, and any luxury imaginable — island spas, snorkeling, sailing, day trips to the Mayan Ruins, Sun Set Cruises, the works!
But this trip was organized by Ambassadors for Children.
Ambassadors for Children set up this trip with students from Purdue University, Miami of Ohio, and Duke University. We traveled to San Pedro, Belize, to deliver supplies to local schools and immerse ourselves in the community.
I had never done anything like this before, and I didn’t know what to expect. Belize, after all, is a third-world country. Checking out of our "Americanized island experience" and into the reality of Belize was rather shocking. There is so much need in Belize, but if you never venture outside the resorts, you would never know. One of the schools we visited was literally built on a swamp-land fill. The sights were like those you would find in a National Geographic magazine. A lot of the children were malnourished and in need of medical attention. The conditions of the school were horrendous. Despite these conditions, the children were considered fortunate as so many do not even have the opportunity to attend school.
The children of Belize are so precious. They ran to us, hugged us, and literally knocked us over with their excitement. They literally have nothing, yet everything to give. A child’s innocence and naivety to the real world is what makes them capable of expressing love in its purest form. They drew us pictures, sang us songs, and talked non-stop with excitement; it was so adorable. One of the older classes sang us the cutest rap version of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."
It was such a rewarding experience. People sign up for these trips to make a difference in the lives of others, but again, you can never help another without helping yourself. A vacation to change the world will change you. Try it.
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