Dana and I had a late start joining the exchange group due to flight issues. I originally was worried that I had missed some key bonding with the rest of the group, but everyone was getting to know the dancers from the other chapters. We all were just glad that at least 9/10 of us had all gotten to Panama. Although one of us wasn’t able to fly out and join us, we were all thankful that our trip would still be continued.
Our comfort with each other grew exponentially. Our reflections at night grew more personal as each day passed. This was really interesting to see that the comfort with each other reflected the comfort of the children that we were working with. The fact that we were simultaneously building our relationships within our group and within Meteti created a parallel of happiness between the dance diplomats and the members of the community. Throughout the week, I never once felt like a stranger surrounded by people I didn’t know, but rather like I was part of something bigger than myself and even bigger than the organization as a whole.