New friends and amazing places
~ By Katie
One of the best parts of my experience interning at Volunquest in Isla Mujeres has been the opportunity to meet and network with tons of other like-minded people interested in teaching ESL. From other recent college grads to well established inner-city Boston school teachers, I feel that I’ve had the opportunity to come in contact with every type of person. Lots of people I’ve met have been Americans, like me, but I’ve also worked with British, Scottish, Columbian, Canadian, and Mexican teachers, allowing an opportunity for great cultural appreciation and understanding. Everyone I’ve met has different backgrounds, and while we may even have different reasons for being here what’s been really eye opening and great is that we all seem to share something in common. Something about wanting to push yourself out of your comfort zone, experience a new culture, and grow as a teacher, while at the same time giving back to people who really need it connects people. It’s been surprisingly easy to make friends. Back home, as I’m sure it is for everyone, I’ve worked with or been acquainted with many people who, although they may be perfectly nice and well intentioned, I could never see myself being super close friends with. That’s normal; you’re not meant to bond with everyone. But everyone I’ve met through Volunquest is someone I could genuinely say I’d like to keep in touch with for years to come. There’s something to be said about our shared interests and goals, as well as our intimate time shared together on this wild Mexican adventure that creates an intimate bond. I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and grow with so many cool, smart, and passionate teachers. Inside and out of work we support each other, learn from each other, and have fun! I feel confident that in the next few years we’ll all be going on to big things, and I’m excited to keep in touch with my new friends and see the amazing places that life takes us.