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Having spent the last three years traveling the world, I’ve become comfortable with the uncomfortable but frustrated by being so far from home. During this Thanksgiving in Costa Rica, I feel homesick but thankful for the community I’ve created abroad.
I recently went to visit Limon Province in Costa Rica with the other students from my university’s center in Heredia. Limon Province is often given a bad name, especially in Costa Rican society. Partially this negative image comes from the racism in Costa Rican history that continues today. Limon Province is mostly populated by descendants of immigrants from Jamaica and other Caribbean countries.
The first time I was involved in an international service project–in fact, the first time I traveled abroad–it was to South Africa during my senior year of high school with my church youth group. I came home after service one day where they promoted trips to a variety of places over spring break and told my mom I wanted to go to South Africa. I wanted to be a part of a service trip. I wanted to make an impact across the world and do something of value.
I have been challenged to redefine the idea of “home.” Before moving to college, Los Angeles was always home for me. It was the sunny place where I grew up for most of my life, it was where my friends were, where my family was, it was the place of familiar streets and restaurants and parks