It’s sad to think that I only have a week left of this amazing month experience. Throughout this month I have become a whole different person, in a good way. After this trip, I feel like I’m going to look at the world a different way, and I will look at myself a different way. Going into this trip I heard so many stereotypes about Israel because of what is going on in the world right now, and I thought that I wouldn’t feel safe and that I would be scared. But since I’ve gotten off the plane I’ve felt so safe and haven’t been scared once. I’ve just somehow felt like this “home” feeling here even though I’ve never been here and it’s made me feel comfortable the whole time I’ve been here.
Like I’ve said, I feel like I’ve become a better person and looked at this world differently and I think that’s because of my chavaya choice. I choose to participate in Tikkun Olam for my four-day chavaya. We (group five) worked with groups three, four, and six to help make this world a better place. We helped make sure families had food on their tables by picking six tons squash and helping kids with special needs and older men and women with special needs. Watching the smiling faces of the kids and older men and women with special needs as we came in to hang out with them just melted my heart and opened my eyes and made me want to do more in my community when I get home.
These past three weeks have been different than what I expected going into this trip but the things I have done here have been experiences of a lifetime and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.