A Week Full of Learning and Positivity

Photojournalist(s) of the Day: Sheila Gelin (Haiti) and Carlos Aguilera Guerrero (Venezuela)

Carlos: My favorite part of the day was when we played "the block" because the play began with one person and we finished with everyone together holding hands like a big family. Today I learned that if we worked together nothing is impossible. On the soccer field when we pass the ball, the game is more amazing and funny.

Sheila: In my opinion, this is the best thing that ever happen in my life! Having this opportunity of playing soccer for a whole week is wonderful! Each passing day here was full of new and exciting challenges. Today was not one of my best days because I got hurt but I received so much support and encouragement from the coaches, especially Coach Katy and Ryan, that even through the pain I still wanted to move forward.

After our last day of camp, we went to the beach which I really appreciated. I watched our group mates play volleyball while I was resting and taking some beautiful pictures.

This week was a week full of learning! Each day I did a bunch of new things and learned to communicate with others while playing and being inclusive of everyone on the team. In conclusion, this week was the best week so far! We really had fun, learned from each other, had positive interactions, and practiced our English skills! I am really thankful to the U.S. Department of State, FHI 360, and all the staff for this great opportunity.

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Soccer and ESL", brings 20 participants from Costa Rica, Haiti, Panama, and Venezuela to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.