Mexico

Casa de los Ángeles, in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, is a community of caring people who gather to nurture children, serving the needs of the less fortunate, treating each person with dignity and respect as they work to make a better life for themselves and the community as a whole. Check out their website here.

By the end of the week I felt enamored with the children of my class, as did the other volunteers. For me, the most rewarding part of our first week here was the greeting that I received when I walked into the classroom Friday morning. The babies not only recognized me, but were clearly happy to see me, and clamored for me to play with them.

-Andrea

 The kids are amazing, the teachers are awesome, and the moms are really friendly. I have become pretty good friends with the cooks, so we talk sometimes and have a good time. I think what has been most challenging for me has been the bathroom part. I’d also say dealing with the crying sometimes. Not much has really stretched my comfort zone. I just think about why we are here and about the kids. They get me through anything that I might have to deal with.

-Humberto

She also has shown many of us how caring she can be towards these wonderful children. She doesn’t withhold any love when interacting with them and it is clear from their smiling faces and body language that they love her just the same. Over the course of my time here, I have really worked on adopting that same unconditionally loving attitude towards not only these kids, but my fellow volunteers and to my family and friends when I return home.

-Lukas

I’d never been exposed to this type of lifestyle, sadly and it was somewhat scary to experience at first. As the days passed, I accepted their way of life and realized that simplicity is key! Jesus always reminds us to live simply, and if these individuals had no problem doing so, why couldn’t I? I learned to appreciate what I had and thought that when I get home, I should get rid of some of the unnecessary items I have laying around in my room.

I hope that I can tell people about my experience serving a different community and help them make the decision to do go out and do it! I’ve learned so much more about myself and my own limitations that I want to challenge those.

-Corrine

One thing I kept thinking was, “That could have easily been me in the daycare.” I came to realize that everything happens for a reason and that I was able to go to Casa because I needed to see and care for the families that essentially were my family. This trip for me was so much more about community than it was about faith or service, in my opinion, because I was able to create relationships with the families at Casa that helped me learn so much about myself that I never thought I could learn.

-Sarah

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