My name is Jennifer and I was lucky enough to join the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada Live Different trip to the Dominican Republic where we built a home and a Kids Club. It was truly a life changing experience and one I would recommend everyone do at least once in their life.
There were 22 individuals from across Canada (staff, volunteers and Littles) and we truly embraced the values and true spirit of mentoring on this trip. I have never been more proud to work for Big Brothers Big Sisters. One of the Littles in our group stated "Big Brothers Big Sisters has had a huge impact on my life; and I wanted to come on this trip to give back and make a difference in someone else’s life". Little did we know what an amazing difference the people we met would have on our lives.
Your heart swells while being there as you are touched by what you see, the people you meet and the drastic difference in lifestyles. You truly get a sense of what is important in life and what truly matters. They live in a community where they have 6 hours of electricity a day, no running water and the majority have no indoor washrooms, fridges or stoves. What they do have is an incredible view on life, community and taking care of one another. They are appreciative of what they have and their lives and family. It was truly an eye opening experience and one that will stay with me forever.
I have been forever changed by this experience and I don’t see life through the same set of eyes I did before I went. I am more humbled, grateful, more appreciative and just forever changed. I am truly grateful to Big Brothers Big Sisters, West Jet and Live Different for this opportunity of a lifetime!
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