Allison Schneck is a 3rd year Intercultural Studies student who recently started her cross-cultural internship in Guadalajara, Mexico with the Evangelical Mennonite Conference (Ascend program). Allison is working alongside long-term missionaries in Guadalajara and is currently focused on language and culture learning.
It was 9:00pm. I had just come back from a busy day of meeting new people and straining my mind trying to decipher a language I didn’t know. Tere, my Spanish teacher, and also my host, told me that she, her family and some of her sister’s friends were going to go play sports at a park and I was invited. Sometimes, after a long day of sitting and listening to a language you don’t understand, all you need is the familiarity of sports. The language of sports is pretty universal: Make teams, have fun, try to win. So all nine of us piled into a five person vehicle and headed over to the field. Someone in the vehicle was eating some food and offered it to everyone. “This is community” Tere said, “we ask people if they want.”