Hear from a Global Learners Scholarship Recipient
In May 2016, a group of students and teachers from Face to Face Academy in St. Paul, Minn, traveled on an Xperitas Community Partnership Program to Xiloxochico, Mexico, with the support of an Xperitas Global Learners Scholarship for more than $24,000. Hear one participant's reflection on the life-changing experience:
“Today is our last day in Mexico, and it’s definitely bittersweet to me. I’m excited to go home and see my family, but I’m going to miss being here. Every day was like a new adventure. Everyone was so kind and patient with us, and it was amazing to get a glimpse of peoples’ lives here in Mexico. I never realized how similar we all were, but seeing that reminded me that we are all just humans trying our best to get through our crazy lives. Since I’ve been here I feel like I’ve learned a lot, not only about the communities here in Mexico, but also about myself. I’ve struggled with depression for quite a while now, and while I’ve been here it’s hardly affected me at all. I don’t know if it was from all the generous people, being able to help out in a small way, not using my phone, being outside and exercising, or all of the above, but it’s been nice to have a week of genuine happiness. I’m so grateful to have gone on this trip, and hopefully it’s the first step to a (possibly) bright future. Thank you, Xperitas!"