My name is Kirsten Lee and I have had the opportunity to be a champion for many years. A long, long time ago a friend convinced me to go to an info session and I had no idea what the program was. To be honest, when I got accepted to go, I still had no idea what the program was. Little did I know, it would make a huge impact for the next 5 years of my life. I would learn so much about myself, about teaching, and eventually find myself in the middle of the UFV teaching program. Along the way I have gained so many lifelong friends, mentors and an extra Momma (Thank you for everything Momma Jo)! I left a piece of my heart with the children in Antigua and they replaced it with the wonderful memories that I take with me.
Throughout the month that we are there, these children welcome us into their lives as if we have known them since birth. I remember one student who I had built a connection with and I will always remember. He would constantly come find me and always wanted to give hugs. The teachers at the school said he was so attached that it was as if I had gained another limb. On our last day at the school I remember his friends all crowded around him and he looked up at me with tears in his eyes. Our short time there makes such a big impact! Not only on the students but also on yourself. This memory and MANY more remind me of the things I am passionate about and help drive me to become the best teacher I can be.