ASB2010 in Mexico

Students are traveling to Xalapa, Mexico, as part of Alternative Spring Break 2010 to work at an orphanage, serve food and help at a clinic with the nonprofit organization Caritas.

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Down three waterfalls

An update from Bernardo:

ASBMexico3.jpg Imagine a day when you have to wake up at the crack of dawn, drive down to a secluded piece of mosquito-infested jungle, walk for two hours with a backpack that weighs about the same as a full-grown African elephant, and then go through the psychological trauma of knowing that you have to rappel down three waterfalls (one of which is more than 50 meters tall). Any sane person would ask himself, “Who did I run over the day before to deserve this?”

Well, the truth is that you haven’t killed anyone. You have actually been doing volunteer work for the past week. As ridiculous as it seems, this is how Jose, Sanaz, Jessica, Jenna, Katrina, and I enjoyed our last Saturday in Mexico. We rappelled down three waterfalls and then walked back to our cars in the dark and with our clothes soaked. I was shaking so bad that I could not even hold a camera straight. Yet, I can tell you right now though that I would not trade the experience for anything.

The whole day, from the hike to the drive back, was incredible. Knowing that I got through it alive is great. However, the fact that I got to share the whole experience with such an incredible and unique group of people is something that I will always cherish.

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