Parents Joining the WorldStamp Experience
Being able to spend nine months traveling, immersing yourself completely in different cultures, connecting with people from different places is an incredible experience - one that can be hard to articulate to family and friends back home. When my parents came and visited me in Providencia, Costa Rica for a week (after about seven months of being apart), it was a really exciting experience.
Facetime and emails and phone calls every couple weeks just wasn't sufficient enough to explain everything that I was feeling and learning; so when my parents were able to come and truly see what I was doing, it was incredible. Watching them eat dinner with my host family and meet my hermanitas (little sisters), taking them to the waterfall where I had spent countless hours learning to meditate and do yoga, showing them to coffee plantation where we had dug and planted and sweated - it was like watching one aspect of my life collide with another.
I'm so grateful that they were able to share even just a tiny portion of my gap year experience with me; and I know that other people on the program definitely appreciated the experience as well. In the upcoming weeks, Jeremy - a current WorldStamp volunteer - is having his parents visit Costa Rica.
WorldStamp is extremely supportive and encouraging about having family and friends come visit; it's important for your support system to understand how you're changing and growing throughout your journey!