I became intrigued with Hope Clinic International in 2007 when my massage therapist, Naomi White, told me about the trips to Nicaragua. Then, in Sept of 07 I heard that HCL needed interpreters for the pediatricians. I speak Spanish, so I went–and fell in love with Nicaragua, the people, and the work which HCL does there. I am a retired Montessori teacher who still loves teaching, so for my next 3 trips in 2009, 10, 11, I brought children’s picture books in Spanish, coloring books and crayons, and children’s songs in Spanish. Being able to put a little bit of joy and caring into the lives of these ultra poor children is a highlight of my life.