One thing that surprised me the most upon my trip to Guatemala was that many things I thought would be easy to me weren’t. I thought with my Spanish speaking background I would have a better chance at maintaining conversation and getting what I wanted to say out clearly. It turns out that wasn’t 100 percent true, 100 percent of the time. It was more than just a language barrier, it was a culture barrier. I think it in turn forced me to work harder to connect with people, and made every conversation and connection that more important.

I have grown so much in just those mere 2 weeks. When you are in a country with no one you know, you really learn who you are. You learn how you interact, what you can bring to the table, what you can change, and what you shouldn’t just for the benefit of others. There is a saying that you know a person by how they treat the people that have nothing to give them. I am now confident in my intentions and will forever be humbled.

This trip definitely made me consider what being a global citizen is, and what could happen if more people had been on the same trip as I had been. I am now, more than ever, interested in pursuing a career in travel journalism. Being in Guatemala further showed me that there is never one side to a story, and in that lies a story. I’m hoping this career will lead me to many experiences like the one I was lucky enough to have in Santa Clara, and forever give me the materials to share new ideas of different places to anyone who will listen.