What I am looking forward to for our trip to Malawi by Jacinthe Dion


I am anxious to see all the wonderful projects that I have discussed and read about that are currently in progress in Thukuta.  I have been presented with photos and videos and I am excited to see what are currently images in my mind take shape in real life.    

I look forward to seeing the village and meetings its people.  I am curious to see their reaction to me and I can’t wait for them to show me their culture.  I also look forward to meeting the board of WHEAMS.  It is exciting to be able to meet other people internationally with the same passion and enthusiasm to be part of a change and develop a sustainable world.

I am extremely excited to gain new knowledge and acquire new perspectives. I have the strong desire to learn and be able to see the world through a different pair of eyes. I could not be more thrilled to embark on such a trip with Amelia Birch and Elizabeth Johnstone who are very passionate and who have a lot of experience.  I look forward to seeing them in action.  To be able to learn from the community in Thukuta is a privilege itself and that is why I feel so blessed to also have the opportunity to learn from my own peers who are traveling with me.  They have already taught me so much just by going through the preparation for this trip with them that I cannot imagine how much more I will be able to learn from them once the trip begins. 

From a new language to a new landscape, new interactions and different foods,  giving and sharing yet having the opportunity to learn and receive as well.  To fly overseas for the first time and enter a new continent, to have earned the trust from my parents to let me go and to see a new culture: everything about this trip is new and exciting.  I see in this trip a new experience filled with challenges and goals, an endless number of learning opportunities coexisting with an endless number of opportunities for me to share my own knowledge. 

The task for me to pick what I am looking forward to the most is impossible.  It is just safe for me to say that I have been thinking and praying about this trip every day for the last few months and now it is weighing heavy on my heart to get up and GO.  This trip represents a once in a life time opportunity for me to get involved internationally, give back to a world that has already given me so much and be a part of something that is greater than anything I could have ever imagined.  A trip that holds so much power in itself to make a difference not only for the community of Thukuta but also for our community here and I am looking forward to seeing this impact at first hand.  I am looking forward to becoming a global citizen.




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