by Katie Harvey, 2019 Storyteller Intern
Excited. Nervous. Anxious. Ready. These are a few of the emotions I, and my teammates, were feeling going into training. Signing up to be an intern with MITS came with a lot of unknowns for me, which can be scary. I have been to Kenya before so there were some things that I already knew, which gave me peace. I was so beyond thankful for the training that MITS provided because it answered some of those unknowns I had.
Arriving on Saturday I got to meet two of my teammates, Sarah and Rayelle. Over the next few days we got to know each other better and started to bond. We played cheesy “get to know you” games, ate lots of food, served, learned and laughed a lot together. We got to know more about MITS and what our roles will be there. We got to meet some board members and stateside employees. They shared their experiences and knowledge of MITS that helped us better understand what we were about to go to.
On Sunday we went to church at Otter Creek, had lunch with some board members and that evening spoke with two former interns. Monday we got to go serve at GraceWorks and that evening we did a fun bonding experience! We went to an escape room. It took us a minute to get started but we escaped with 13 minutes left! We’re pretty proud of that. Tuesday we wrapped up and flew out that evening! Thursday we finally got to meet our other teammate, Haylee, and catch her up on all we did. Overall, I’m very grateful for the weekend of training that MITS provided for us.
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