Through this friendship and others, I grew not only in my understanding of the Spanish language, but also in my understanding and ease with living in new country.
I eventually returned to the United States after that school year, but from then on I would return to Mexico nearly every summer.
I anticipate that working with the Peace Corps will not always be an easy road.
Working with a new set of cultures within a foreign community will be a challenge, but I also expect it to be a highly rewarding experience.
Her single mother and four siblings lived together in two rooms constructed of brick, aluminum for a roof, cement floors, and sheets for doors.
Although they didn’t have much, they were always very altruistic and generous with their time, their patience, and sharing in their family traditions.
It is not enough to live passively- rather, I must be aware of social issues around me, and actively engage with my community.
The importance of this was imparted to me from a young age.
With each visit, I became more and more connected, building on my Spanish and experiencing traditions, history and understanding of parts of my heritage that never made it to my text books in the US.
On my visits with Fabiola, especially now as adults, we reminisce about the past, and wonder how we were ever able to communicate, let alone created such a strong bond and friendship.