Sana Ajani is a high school senior living in New Jersey.
Sixty-four participants. Eleven countries. One summer. One incredible and unforgettable summer. That’s all it took to create a family, connected across the globe through shared experiences and a reignited desire to learn and serve. Before going, I was definitely hesitant and overwhelmed. I mean, sixty-four participants, eleven countries, one summer? I was about to live in Africa for an entire month with a group of strangers from across the world. Would we be able to communicate across the language barriers and cultural differences? What would Africa be like? Would I get an infinite number of mosquito bites and contract malaria? Retrospectively, I realize that I was simply worrying myself and inundating my mind with silly questions that didn’t pose any threat to me once I got there. I was about to be separated from my family, with an entire ocean in the middle – little did I know that I would form an even bigger, closer family in Mombasa.