As we find ourselves at the midpoint of our adventure, I am filled with an overwhelming sense of awe. When I first stepped foot onto my college campus, the thought of embarking on an international journey before completing my freshman year seemed like a distant dream. Yet, here I am, immersing myself in the vibrant culture of Panama and gaining invaluable insights into the operations of local businesses.

The experience of witnessing firsthand how these companies operate has left me truly impressed. From the intricate logistics to the dedication of the workforce, every aspect speaks volumes about the resilience and innovation driving Panama’s economy forward. But it’s not just about observing from the sidelines – being able to actively engage with the local community and contribute in meaningful ways has added a profound layer of fulfillment to our journey.

Panama, with its rich tapestry of culture and the warmth of its people, has left an indelible mark on my heart. As we continue to explore its wonders, I find myself already dreading the farewell. The desire to linger a little longer, to continue absorbing the essence of this remarkable place and giving back to the community that has welcomed us with open arms, grows stronger with each passing day.

Our journey is far from over, yet I can already attest to its transformative power. It’s not just about the sights we see or the experiences we gather – it’s about the connections we forge, the lessons we learn, and the impact we leave behind. Panama has taught me the importance of embracing new opportunities, fostering cross-cultural understanding, and embracing the spirit of generosity.

As I reflect on the first half of our adventure, I am filled with gratitude – to the organizers who made this trip possible, to my fellow travelers for sharing in this journey, and to the people of Panama for opening their hearts and homes to us. I eagerly anticipate the days ahead, knowing that each moment will bring new discoveries, new connections, and new growth opportunities.

So here’s to the second half of our journey – may it be filled with continued wonder, learning, and meaningful experiences. As we navigate the remaining days, let us carry with us the spirit of exploration, the joy of discovery, and the determination to make a positive impact wherever we go.