Over our middle school years at ACS we have taken three trips around the world, but this adventure has by far been the best. Even the times where we just sat around talking to each other and exchanging stories with our guides were completely different. While we were here we visited a school for unfortunate kids and some of whom lost everything in the flood.
Seeing a school so unlike ours opened our eyes to what life in the real world outside our bubble really was. The kids we saw were happy with what little they had while we have so much and still complain. As we walked in all the little kids welcomed us with respect and leaves. These leaves were a sign that they appreciated our company and a symbol of respect. They also shared some songs with us. As community service we painted their school walls and had fun running around with the kids. We also donated some sport equipment.
Canyoning was a beautiful experience that everyone should have once in their lives, sliding down waterfalls and jumping off cliffs was exhilarating and scary at the same time. Whenever someone was scared the whole group supporting them and pushed them into wanting to do the jump. Everyone overcame his/her fears.
Rafting was an amazing and experience. We were fighting the river as a team while we floated over rapids. Some rapids were stronger then others making people fall out and flip. We were taught how to lead a raft and how to properly rescue a person that has fallen. We were very upset when we knew that the river may disappear after couple of years because they were building a hydroelectric dam that will allow them to produce electricity.
After both rafting and canyoning we floated back to camp via the river which was mind-blowing and silly at the same time. We joked around but also had to pay attention to the tips they gave us so we would be able to keep safe. Once we got back to camp we all were tired and sad that the fun is over. Although we were sad all that was washed away in a hot shower.
Now at the end of this trip we are happy to go home but are sad that we will never fall asleep to the sound of this river again or be able to share mango strawberry chocolate and best of all vanilla milkshakes with our friends around the longhouse. We will miss the sound of the rain as it falls on our tents while we try to stay calm within all the odd insects we have discovered here, Throughout all of our activities our guides took photos and videos that we will never be able to forget and before we went to bed the last night here we watched all of them. This trip has changed our lives and the way we think. We will never forget it or be the same after this trip. Connecting it to the ACS mission statement, we solved problems with creativity and integrity and this will make us lead well balanced lives, and to serve Lebanon and the world community with understanding and compassion.