In the summer of 2015, I went on a 2-week mission trip with the youth of my church to the Dominican Republic. We went with Manna Christian International, and spent 2 weeks fixing up a school, putting on Vacation Bible Schools, exploring the community, and playing with the children at the children's home down the street. This was my first taste of travel outside of the United States, and I have been hooked on it ever since. I have now learned the consequences of short-term mission trips, not only for myself but also for the people I thought I was helping. I have also learned that, though I thought I went with good intentions, they were still selfish. As I continue to work in the humanitarian industry, I am conscious of errors I have made in the past and the ones I'm currently making. Though I strive everyday to help others, I know that I fail more often than not. But the biggest lesson I have learned so far is to just listen to people. Truly listen to them, their needs, what they ask, and what they don't ask. I try to never assume, and I ask questions that may seem stupid because I would rather ask than remain ignorant. Below are the images I captured during my 2-weeks in the Dominican Republic.