July 2012 was the best summer of my life thanks to the service trip I experienced with Global Works Travel. Fiji was the destination and I was ready to go! I knew this trip would be life changing but I could not have imagined leaving such a huge part of myself in Fiji. From the moment I stepped off the bus in Nativi village I felt I was home. I've never seen so many smiling faces and the feeling of joy completely filled the air. My host family treated me as if I were one of their own daughters, my mother tucked me into bed each night and woke me with a smile and hug. Working throughout the day building toilets for the kindergarten or painting the community church the Fijian families would always sing with happiness the beautiful traditional Fijian songs. I was completely immersed in the happiest culture on earth. The village children would race home from school to meet our group and we played Fijian games and laughed so much. Each day the same small boy would hold my hand and play with me It proved to me that I was accepted as part of their community and family. Leaving the village was hard, lots of tears were shed because I was part of a new family and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. The lessons they taught me will be with me forever. I now know you don’t have to have everything under the sun to be happy. At the end of the day you just need family, friends and a place that you can call home filled with love. I will always keep my Fijian friends close in my heart.