I was astounded by what we accomplished and am so proud to have been a part of it. I couldn't believe that we had done as much as we did in less than a week. I was very impressed by how much effort everyone had put in.
I know that I now know a bit more about poverty than I did and I know how different countries try to deal with the issue
This week in Berlin was amazing. I had such a good time and am so glad I got to experience it
We could put names and faces and personalities to those who were really struggling to make ends meet, and I think this made it a much more personal experience for everyone
I really enjoyed going out into the city and interviewing people, and in particular my interview with the homeless man. Before I went on the trip, it never really occurred to me that some people are homeless by choice, and proud of their ability to survive independent of the system and society
Mixing with the 5 other youth’s from 5 different nations was probably the greatest part of the trip and probably one of the most wonderful things I have ever done!
It’s when we went to the park and met the people that were really suffering that I learned the most, and that’s what has stayed with me.
... there’s a Robert Frost line that says, “autumn’s first leaf is gold her hardest hue to hold to hold”. The park in Berlin was so beautiful because the trees where shedding their leaves and when we spoke to these men I remembered that line. I was thinking that there must have been a time when they were gold.