‘degrassi’ nicaragua entry 5: andre kim journal

Andre Kim
03/10/13
Andre Kim In Nicaragua

Packing my bags the night before, I was excited and nervous to go on my first Me to We trip with Degrassi. If you had asked me a year ago, I would have told you I’d be spending most of my summer days reading books, playing soccer and meeting up with friends. During the evenings I’d probably enjoy the fresh sense of freedom or stay in and melt in my warm bed while catching up on Game of Thrones. I never would have imagined going to Nicaragua with the cast of a TV show or with Me to We.

I chose to go on this trip for a couple of reasons. I was intrigued by the exciting stories my cast mates told me about past trips, and I liked the sense of bonding that seemed to happen. I had been on one trip where I helped a community in need before, but truth be told, I had no intention of doing it again. I loved the experience, but it wasn’t something I felt the urge to repeat.

Going on this trip to Nicaragua, I really didn’t know what to expect. I was going with a bunch of people I didn’t know too well and to a strange place I didn’t know at all. I knew the native language was Spanish and Ana had told me there were spiders that were apparently huge. Talk about the typical oblivious tourist.

I had thoughts of doubt and a little bit of worry on my way to the airport, but I could not have been more wrong. Whether it was the beautiful scenery or the kids, I enjoyed myself so much while on this trip. Building the water line and painting the school in El Trapiche was hard, tedious work, but it also gave me a sense of achievement. I felt like I was doing something meaningful. Knowing these kids would benefit from these things we take for granted back at home made me feel like a mini-superhero on the inside.

The land of Nicaragua brought me some of the most amazing memories that I will keep with me until my older years. The bonding, the stories, the beach, the pottery, the volcano, the coffee, the frogs, and of course my wonderful cast mates and Me to We coordinators, gave me the best 10 days of my summer for sure. Even while on the bus (driven by the fast and furious Eric), I would take in the scenery, listen to music, and just think about all these things. I felt so in the moment and so there. It felt as though being in a different country gave me different thoughts I had never had before. I had an amazing time that can’t be compared to anything else, and well… I guess I’ll write another one of these next year.

Andre Kim

Don’t miss the special broadcast of ‘Degrassi In Nicaragua’ Thursday, October 3 at 9:30e/6:30p immediately following the fall premiere on MTV!