Wow it is crazy that our trip came to an end; but with all happy endings this was the best once in a life time opportunity. Even though this was my first and last trip, this will not be the end of my Interact experience. I have to say for the past three years, I have gained remarkable friendships and created amazing memories. Interact has showed me that every little thing you do makes a difference in someone’s life and in the world. There is nothing more rewarding than pure happiness. For the most part I am proud to say that I am an Interactor and I truly enjoy what I give back to people. I can’t wait to see where my Interact journey will take me! Chow for now! –
On the final stretch home from Ecuador, I reflected on the trips I have done with Interact, and on everything I have done as a member of the club. While I was excited to be home again and starting my final year of highschool, I had a great time on the trip and I will cherish the memories I made for the rest of my life. These trips are excellent reminders to us all about just how privileged we are in North America. People in South America live simply, and are thankful for everything they have and use everything to the fullest. Interact trips have made me appreciate different ways of living – especially a simpler and more sustainable way of life. As an Interactor at home, I learned many skills that have helped me in my everyday life, and will continue to help me; skills such as public speaking, leadership, work ethic, and communication. Overall I enjoyed my time in Interact, and I will always try to incorporate the skills I have learned into my daily life.
Well it’s another successful trip in the books for the Castlegar Interact club and it was a great one to call my last. Along with a few others I had the privilege of attending this trip as my second and final Interact trip. I gotta say that Interact has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be nearly the same person I am today without Interact. It has shaped me into a respectful and responsible young man and I have learned so many life lessons that I will utilize throughout the rest of my life. I can’t wait to see what the Castlegar Interact club shapes up to be in the future and what other young people make the life changing decision to join the club as I did. Volunteering will now always be a part of my life and I would like to sincerely thank all of the amazing leaders who have volunteered so much of their time to make these things happen!
It feels like just yesterday I was going into my first year at Stanley Humphries and was finally old enough to join the Interact Club, and now I’ve just completed my fifth and final year, as well as my second international trip. Not only has the Interact Club allowed me to volunteer locally and internationally, it has also given me countless opportunities to develop my personal skills, such as leadership, public speaking, and respect. I’m so thankful to have been able to be part of this club and even more so to have been elected President by my peers. Over my five years as part of the Interact Club, I made countless friends around the world with people that shared the same vision as myself, creating the change we wish to see in the world. Through this similar vision, we were able to work together cohesively to better not only our local communities but as well as many international communities. As I conclude I would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way, and an even bigger thank you to Geoff, Lorraine, Denise, Stan, and Elaine for showing me what’s possible to accomplish and always continuing to ensure not only my success, but all those in our club.