To the students, thank you for teaching me more than I could have ever imagined.


At the age of 19 I never expected myself to be doing anything other than being in university. I had always planned to graduate from high school, go to post-secondary, graduate, and get a job. But, as most people will tell you, life generally doesn’t work out how you plan it, and I am eternally grateful for that. Previously I had done some volunteering and travelling, but only being 18, never had done any on my own. So, after being offered a position, I was terrified. I came to the conclusion that it was ultimately an opportunity I would regret not taking. So, I quit my job, booked my flights and started preparing to pack up my life and move to Honduras.

I was only supposed to stay for 2 and 1/2 months and within the first week, my new friends were already trying to convince me to stay longer. At the time, I thought they were crazy, and couldn’t picture myself away from home for that long. But what I didn’t realize is that I was creating a second home in Cofradia. I was there from August-November and (even though I wouldn’t admit it at the time) decided 3 weeks into my trip that I wanted to stay. Unfortunately, I ended up having to postpone my trip. But luckily, I was able to come down for the past 10 days to visit.

I have never felt so truly blessed to be leaving a place. Although it breaks my heart to think that I won’t be able to see my incredibly cute, sweet, caring, hilarious, and extremely intelligent 29 Grade 3 students every day, along with their amazing families, the most hospitable staff at CBS, and of course my best friends, I remind myself just how lucky I am to have had all these people enter my life.

To the students, thank you for teaching me more than I could have ever imagined. You are truly the most amazing kids I’ve had the pleasure to meet. Not only my students, but every one of the students at CBS are incredibly considerate and always shocking me with how big their hearts are. Every single one of these students are so incredible in their own way, and each one has so much potential to do such amazing things with their futures, and I have no doubt that they will. I am so glad that I got the opportunity to meet them and be a part of their lives, even just for a short while. To my friends, thank you. Thank you for being a shoulder to cry on, for just listening when I needed to vent, for making me laugh when laughter was the farthest thing on mind, and for truly becoming my family. Even though we were kind of forced to be together every day, I couldn’t have asked for better people to spend this part of my life with. I know that even though I’m leaving, I will see all of you again, and that you will never not be a part of my life.

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I came to Honduras with the intention to teach kids English, and to learn more about myself and what I wanted to do with my life. But, to say this country has given me so much more, is a massive understatement. Thank you to all the people who welcomed me into their school, homes and lives and showed me the incredibly beautiful side of Honduras that most people don’t see. Although I am saying goodbye for now, it is not forever. I will be back, because Honduras has become my second home. Thank you CBS, thank you Cofradia, thank you Honduras.

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I will always be grateful to have taught for CBS, to have met the future leaders of Honduras.

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Before teaching in Honduras, my life’s most recent adventure was travelling in Asia.
Since 2014, I made an accord to visit one foreign country per year so I visited
Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar for a month. When I was there, what do
you know, I got lost. As humans, finding one’s own way is life’s greatest challenge-
try doing it in Vietnamese or Burmese. I can confidently say I spoke neither although
determination is a universal language. So is drive, and now I’m in Honduras.
I didn’t drive to Honduras; I flew economy. But the drive to create social change
brought me here, or at least it used to. Now, my motivation to succeed as a teacher
comes from my students. 29 to be exact, each and every single one of them inspire
me in and out of class. Like with lenity, my kids know how to share. I’ve seen them
stand in unison to help someone in trouble.

Moments like this is why I enjoy what I do, moments of beauty – in their ability to
surpass expectations or the strength they lend me. Volunteering in Honduras is not
easy; it’s like RuPaul’s Drag Race. There are lots of mini challenges but the maxi
challenge is to be a great teacher. Or more of a mentor – I wanted to set a great
example. Their parents sacrifice so much, I want their children to have the best.
Should I “set fire to the rain,” it’s because of my kids.

Should I continue to impact global change, it’s because of my students. So much of
my devotion for social work has a lot to do with them – in their ability to inspire
lives. If it were all up to me, I would all forge their future. I will always be grateful to
have taught for CBS, to have met the future leaders of Honduras.