Before I Go

 Posted by Natalie Gilbert at 1:57 am  Costa Rica
Apr 212015

In just 12 days I will be on a plane to Houston TX, then on to San Jose, Costa Rica! This is a very surreal and scary moment- I feel like I am very unprepared and am forgetting about 26 things that I need. Although intimidating and overwhelming, volunteering abroad has been something that has been weighing on me for a very long time. Ever since I was a little girl, I was concerned with people and their lifestyles in other countries- how are they doing? What do their lives look like compared to mine?

So. Before I go, there is something I want to take this time to say. Before I get to Costa Rica and am overwhelmed by new sights and smells and people and culture, I feel lucky to have this opportunity! Many people dream of going to another country and doing what they can to help, and I get three weeks to do just that! I want to embrace and remember this feeling of excitement and being anxious because before I know it, my time abroad will be over and I’ll just have memories to hold on to.

Before I go, I want to say what an amazing chance I have here to make a difference.

I am nowhere close to being ready to leave for my trip. I have to gather all the correct paperwork, I have to make another trip to the store, I have to check and double check that I have enough clothes packed, and probably at least 6 more things.
However, even though I’m not ready, in a way, I’ve been ready for this experience for many years now.

12 days to go!


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