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From my travels, I have learned that the most important thing is not always seeing the best view but connecting with the community and learning about new cultures. On my trip to Trinidad, we teamed up with a local church in Maloney that is located in a neighborhood that struggles with gang violence and drug addiction. Together we hosted a camp at a small field in the area. It's amazing how people can grow up with lives polar opposite from each other and live on the other side of the world but still connect so deeply. By playing games, singing songs, dancing and sharing stories we broke down cultural barriers and united. The kids wanted to do nothing more than to play soccer and get a “jockey-back ride.” It was the cutest thing when Joseph, the boy in the photograph would come up to me what felt like every 5 minutes and say “Sir, can I please have a jockey-back ride?” Nothing beats the smile on his face as we ran around and he tagged everybody in sight riding on my back. Everyone deserves to be a kid and let loose every once in a while. Each day more people showed up and parents of the children started to gather around the field making a hub around us to create a safe space and help bring the community together. No matter where you are from or what you look like we all have similarities that bring us together.