Brianna Ernest / Canada
Back in March of 2017 I was lucky enough to be able to come to Our Cabaña as a participant. My unit and I took part in Splash into Spring where we visited different towns and went shopping, went to a water park and got sunburnt, and completed a service project in the community. That week was amazing because I was able to bond with my unit more, and I was able to get to know the staff and volunteers. In fact, I got to know them so well that they encouraged me to apply for a volunteer position.
The moment I got home I started filling out the application. Our Cabaña had been my 4th World Center and by far one of my favourites. I could see myself staying there and being one of those volunteers that I looked up to. Months later I received an email explaining that I did not get chosen for the spring term that I originally applied for, but that they would love to keep my application and put it forward for the summer term; I happily agreed. Fast forward a few more months when another email popped into my inbox, asking if I was available for an interview. I scheduled my interview and then waited another month for the decision. I was ecstatic when I got the acceptance email for the summer term. I started making plans right away and soon enough, I was back at Our Cabaña.
If you were to tell me when I was a participant that I would be back here just over a year later, I would have laughed and never believed you. This opportunity has been amazing and so eye-opening. I have bonded with all the staff here and if you were to walk into our house you would honestly think we were a family. A family full of diversity. You can walk in and hear us arguing about the difference between Rockets and Smarties or having a lesson on different Scottish words. But you can also see us working as a solid team, working alongside our participants and allowing them to grow and have fun.
Our Cabaña is truly the place where dreams come true, leaving as a participant and returning as a volunteer is proof of that.