Noa Schwartz

: So how did I feel in Taiwan? Wow… where can I start? First of all, it was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. There were so many wonderful experiences, and through these experiences I got to learn about myself anew. The places we visited opened windows to a magical world which I didn’t want to leave. I was spirited away from my everyday life and felt that everything was happy and possible. The Taiwanese youth were wonderful, each and every one. We connected despite the language difficulties- we connected through the heart! I never imagined we would connect so instantly and so deeply, but we did and I have set a goal for myself to save money and return to Taiwan one day soon. The connection with the host family was marvelous- I feel like they are my second family. I am just waiting to see them again, which will make me so happy. I understood that the Taiwanese are simply good, kind and caring people. I was inadvertently locked out of my home in the middle of the night, and so many smiling people, out of the goodness of their hearts, came to help me. I believe if people everywhere followed this example, the world would be a better place. Thank you for this amazing, life changing experience.