I Had Never Been Happier

As we rode away in the back of the old pickup truck, Jacinta’s words played over again in my mind. “You go back and show them what a hard-working lady you are.” I certainly didn’t feel much like a “lady” at that point. My clothes, hair and skin were caked in layers of cement and I hadn’t showered in a week. And yet, I realized that I had never been happier.

Africa changed me in more ways than I expected. It helped me gain confidence in myself, and I began to have bravery and spontaneity that I’d never had before. I found my priorities were reset and I had the courage to eliminate things I didn’t need in my life. I will be forever grateful for this experience.

—Kaitlin Baer, 2015 & 2016 Volunteer


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