Sunday, June 27, 2010

Language Barrier?

By Demian Reyes (SMBA '11)

There were a number of things I learned from our DR trip, but one of my biggest takeaways was the language barrier. Many of my classmates were concerned about not knowing Spanish. However, from what I saw, it didn't make a difference.

When we went to Espacios Para Aprender in Najayo and all of us were playing, drawing, painting, etc. with the kids, we didn't have any communication problems. We didn't have to understand every single word the kids said or vice versa to communicate or to understand that they wanted us to be there and we were enjoying every minute of it.

At the end of the day, they just wanted to know we cared. Love and caring doesn't need a translator and that's what we all learned.

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