Published: July 1st 2011July 1st 2011
It broke our hearts to wave goodbye as the van, filled with kids ready for camp, left Pamusis. It only got worse when we had to finally part with the remaining children and workers.
These past two weeks have changed our lives. There are no words to explain how much we long to return to the children. The instantaneous bonds we formed were deeper than simply friendship. At times, we felt as though we were siblings or parents. Simple actions like drawing pictures or teaching a new game brought excitement to the kids' relatively monotonous lives. Their horizons were broadened just by hearing our stories of mountains, tropical beaches, big cities, and life in America.
We were honored to find out that our presence even affected the other workers at the house. By seeing us so enthusiastically play with kids, we reignited their own passion for the job.
This trip opened our eyes to a reality that we still struggle to grasp. Leaving the kids felt so wrong because they have all been left before. For this reason, we know that we will continue to do as much as we can to keep strong relationships with all the children.
Never before in our lives have we had to say goodbye to so many wonderful people, not knowing if we would ever see them again. Coming into this trip, we expected nothing more than a lithuanian babysitting job. However, we are leaving with countless lessons learned and memories that will last a lifetime.
~Daiva, Ziba and Julija