The past six weeks have gone by so quickly and yet, I look back to our first day here and it seems like forever ago. The friendships I have made here in such a short amount of time have been one of the greatest parts of this trip. Getting to know our learning partners was a great experience. It is incredible that we were all able to become friends despite a slight language barrier and the fact that we come from two different cultures. Having international friendships has made me realize that the world is not really as big as it seems.
Our program coordinators, Greta and Sean, can never be thanked enough for everything that they have done. They have made this trip incredible for us. Our learning partners, Demi, Irene, Lynn, Una, and Nelson, have given us a personalized tour of their Taiwan and have shared their favorite aspects of their country with us. They all have dedicated their lives for several months preparing to make this trip amazing for us…and it definitely shows because this program was a trip of a lifetime. We are going to miss our teachers so much. They have helped us to learn so much in such a short amount of time. They have been so supportive and always willing to help us. They obviously love what they teach and their passion for teaching gave us a passion for learning.
Although we are so sad to go and to leave all of the friendships we have made here, we hope that we will meet again and we will keep in touch. It’s sad that we are leaving Taiwan in a few days but, we all can’t wait to see our families and friends again. I can’t wait to share all of the experiences and adventures we have had with my family. I will probably have to get used to saying “thank you” in English again after saying it in Chinese for so long!
Finally, I would like to thank Mr. Alan Roth and his family for making this trip possible and for supporting this fantastic program. Your support means so much to us and we appreciate your dedication to this great program. This trip has been an unforgettable experience and I am so glad that I was able to travel and live in such an incredibly beautiful country.
See you soon, America!