Summer of 2009 I traveled as a student ambassador for People to People. The program’s destinations were the Imperial Capitals of Europe traveling to Eastern Europe and Russia. This trip is one that I will never forget and one memory that will stay with me forever happened in Berlin, Germany. On the second day of the trip we had a community service project scheduled at an adventure playground. This playground was a place where children from low income families could go and play, make arts and crafts, build things, and eat. For my part of the community service project I was assigned to make a hill that would later be laid out with tile for children to play on. The hill was made of compost and my major part of the job was to dig through that compost and take out any nails, big twigs, big rocks, and mostly anything that could hurt the children while they were playing. But that wasn’t the memory that I will remember that part came after when two kids came to the playground. The kids and us had no common language they spoke German and we spoke English but with the language of friendship we were able to play. One game that we played was who can hammer the nail into the tree faster. That experience taught me that people don’t need to speak the same language to have fun all you need to know is how to be a friend.
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