For months before our trip, our team took opportunities to get together to study and prepare. Let's just say that in some ways these were virtual meetings since 3 teammates were on the East Coast (Julia, Meg and Clare) and one was in SoCal at school until a few weeks before the trip (Ana).
But we did our best to share what the trip would be like, how to prepare financially, medically, mentally, culturally, spiritually and also just by getting to know each other and build rapport. We also began to plan what we might do while there and what things we planned to bring.
Our last meeting was a massive packing day. Everyone came with a second bag to load with all the things we planned to take to Achungo for the children and teachers.