UCI has officially arrived in Panama! After a rough red eye and a long walk around the city (until our hostel was ready), we are finally rested and settled in. The UCI crew, or the Panamaniacs as we call ourselves, are so ready to rock n roll! We will be spending most of our time teaching at Malambo, which none of us have been to, so it will be a new and exciting experience for all of us! Some of us went on the exchange last summer and were worried about creating expectations, but we have quickly learned that this trip will have its own identity.
Because this is my second time around, I thought I knew what to expect and how the trip was going to go, but I have already been proved wrong. It feels like I never left, and yet everything seems a little different. New buildings have gone up and old ones have been torn down. Not to mention that our itinerary is vastly different. It goes to show that no two experiences are alike, and I am so grateful that’s the case. This exchange will definitely take on its own form, and I am so excited to learn and grow from this experience! This trip changed my life last year, and I knew that I had to go back the moment I came home.