I feel as if I have gained a huge connection to Guatemala. Although I did come to Guatemala as a volunteer and the project and program was amazing, it was only one part of my experience. I don’t feel as if I have visited Guatemala, I feel as if I have lived in Guatemala. I now have a family here who’s doors are open to me at any time. I think that I can now call Guatemala my home and get a little rush of excitement if I hear somebody mention the country, similar to when you hear somebody mention your home country while you’re abroad. This experience has definitely eye-opening and I have noticed that people truly are all the same, despite growing up thousands of miles away; we are not strangers to each other. I would recommend volunteering in a country because you truly get to know the country instead of just ticking a place off a map.