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.
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.