It all started when my club, Madera Interact, decided to go on their annual trip to Ensenada, Mexico during Spring Break. I decided to go this year to help with just more then community service. Each year we go to Ensenada to build playgrounds in areas for kids that have none. We started on the road at 5:00 A.M. with eyes barely open, but still very excited to be going to a new country. This was my first time out of the United States so I was looking forward to this trip. As we got onto the road I was being told stories of past years that my club members experienced in Ensenada which made me hope that my year I would come back with even more stories. As we drove past the boarder into Mexico I could tell right then that this country was much different from my little town of Madera, California. It was a lot more busy with much more poverty happening. We arrived in Mexico around 8:00 P.M. and everyone was ready to get some sleep to be ready for the next day of hard work. When waking up the next day I was enthralled to have new experiences, and of course to build playgrounds for children that should have as much fun as I did when I was their age. We started the playgrounds bright and early at 8:00 A.M. and we all worked as hard as we could. It was much more difficult then I thought it would be but just the idea of helping kids just pushed me harder to do a great job. When we were finally finished building half of the playground we called it a day and headed back to our hotel room. After eating we all got together and had some fun playing soccer and just talking to some of the other Interact groups that joined us along the way say as, Interact Modesto. The next morning it was time to head back to the site to finish the playground. When we were building the playground this day though tons of kids were watching us, and waiting for their turn to go on their new playground. Right when we were done loads of kids started to attack the playgrounds and were so excited to have new toys. I realized even though it was a long and hard two days getting the playground up, it was worth it to see all of the kids happy faces. Now that we had finished our playground we went to check on 1 out of the 4 other groups that had also been working on their own playgrouds throughout Ensenada, and just as I thought the kids had engulfed the whole area already! Now that we were done with the playgrounds we went to the hotel to pack and leave the next day and we all took a picture together to remember this great time. Thanks to this great group of people and their open hearts we made tons of little children’s lives much more exciting and gave them a new place to play. If I would not of signed up to go on this trip I would have never been able to experience a feeling of self imoprovement and devotion to people around me. This trip made me into a new person with a new look on life and I am delighted to go back again soon.
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