Paola: “If you have the opportunity to participate with AIME either in the organization of projects or in the field, don’t hesitate”.
I was invited to participate in the first mission of “Growing Together Panama” in 2011. For me, it was the perfect opportunity to engage in an NGO that would allow me to realize myself professionally and personally, especially at that time when I had just finished my studies in psychology.
At first, I was a little nervous because I was the only Latin American in the project, more specifically the only Mexican. In addition, I did not speak very good French, I did not know all the integrants of the team and I was the only psychologist. Over the days this nervousness has become a feeling of happiness and peace. Obviously I was wrong, I had no reason to be nervous because all the integrants made me feel welcome and immediately part of 100% of the team.
Without a doubt, I can tell you that it was the best experience I had on a personal and professional level. It was obviously a work experience but in a very natural environment and where every time we did an activity with the Western union money transfer community, we could realize the fruit of our work.
Every smile, every laugh, every “thank you” filled my heart.
If you have the opportunity to participate with AIME either in the organization of projects or in the field do not hesitate, I promise you that an experience like that will change your life.
Paola Dueñas Estrada.