I am very proud to say I have been part of the greatest team there ever was.

First let me welcome you to this piece of heaven we call Richmond in St. Vincent, I'm sure you love it (who wouldn't?!) and I know you will have a blast while learning and working here. I don't know many details about your program and the way things are done now, but I can vouch for the learning experience. For me, this was the best experience I've ever had. It prepared me for life by showing me the importance of hard work, commitment, openness and consistency and of course the meaning of perseverance and determination. The most valuable thing I learned while volunteering and being trained was to never give up, no matter how difficult or harsh things may be, you can always find it within yourself to go forward and learn how to make every failure, great or small, propel you toward new achievements.

Well this may sound a bit dramatic so I will tell you about another beautiful aspect of my staying at this awesome school. I know you are also from many different countries like me and my team mates were and I have to tell you guys.. this was amazing! Having so many different people to learn from about new cultures, history, systems, behaviors, not to mention culinary treats is such a great and rare opportunity and you should take advantage of it every day. The most useful thing though is the immense respect you gain while interacting with your team mates on a daily basis, for them and for yourself. You become more tolerant, more aware of your own behavior and how it affects everyone around you and you can learn how to deal with any kind of conflict, which is absolutely normal in a group, especially when you have to do everything together. I hope you will be united as my team still is after 6 years and learn as much as you can from each other, it's definitely worth it and you can make friendships that last for a lifetime.
In conclusion, I wish you all to learn, learn, learn, don't be afraid to be proactive and come up with ideas and of course to become friends. Work hard, but also relax and you will do a great job!


Greetings from Transylvania, Romania!
Diana