I went to Taiwan on a Global Citizen exchange and my project was to run an English camp for students from six to sixteen years old. It might not seem like much, but six weeks of teaching, traveling, and making new friends has changed me a lot. I have grown more self-aware, realized what makes me happy, and discovered the importance of listening (deeply) to others. Communication became one of the most frustrating and interesting tasks in my experience throughout Taiwan. I learned stories through body and sign language, laughed through stories of epic adventures, and celebrated in more joy than necessary when a mutual understanding was finally reached.
Since coming back to Canada, I became more appreciative of what this nation has offered my family and me, and how lucky I am to have been born here speaking English all my life. Teaching the students has made me appreciate the small things, like hugs and our laid-back education schedule, and to take life in small steps at a time more often. I came back from this experience ready to graduate and wanting to do something like this for an even longer time period.
If you are interested in going on exchange, register now at http://www.aiesec.ca