Saturday, April 16, 2016 Categories: Give Back
| Learn Spanish
Working with Niños de Guatemala has truly been the experience of a lifetime. Not only do you actively see the difference you are making in the lives of these amazing children, but your life is simultaneously transformed in the process. The spirits of these kids teaches you endless lessons about life, happiness, and acceptance. From chicken bus adventures to weekend escapes in the mountains, you find everything you’re looking for and more with the family that is Niños de Guatemala.
When I first arrived in Antigua, my Spanish was non existent. Of course the basic “dónde está el baño,” and “cerveza, por favor” will get you far in Antigua itself, but I quickly realized that if I wanted to make a difference in the lives of these children, then I needed to dedicate at least a little of my spare time to studying Spanish. Okay, four hours a day wasn’t exactly little, but classes with Cambio quickly became a part of my day to look forward to and not so much the annoying task one would think it would be. Dare I say it is actually fun seeing how quickly you can apply what you are learning in the Cambio classroom to the classrooms of El Porvenir and Nuestro Futuro? Not to mention, studying in an outdoor garden isn’t exactly a chore.
Through NDG I have I have gained lifelong friendships, immeasurable memories, and a greater appreciation for the world around me. Without hesitation I would encourage anyone looking to volunteer to choose NDG and create lasting change in not just the lives of the children of Guatemala but of your own.
- - Elizabeth Burling, US, Student
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