Volunteering & exploring the beautiful country of Peru has been an incredible experience. Above all, I've found that kindness and compassion lie in the simplicity of our being. A smile, a small gesture, a hug, a giving hand... If Peru has taught me anything, it would be that kindness, respect and compassion can change lives and uplift one's soul more than a Mercedes Benz can. Our priorities and happiness lie in a far different realm than other countries. Some things just can't be explained but experienced for the self. I left a piece of me in Peru, but brought back something far greater: increased motivation and aspiration to change the world.

Nicole Hanhan

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