Hello, my name is Anna-Maria Rosalia Gaier. I live in the wonderful city of Fort Collins, Colorado. I am part Latin, Spanish, German, Greek, Italian, Czech, and Polish. I am an only child. I will be 13 years old on February 18th, 2017. I live with my mom and her boyfriend. My dad passed away when I was 9. I participate in basketball, soccer, wrestling, dance, and gymnastics. I also enjoy crafts, community service, playing with animals, hanging out with friends, and spending time with my family. I also really like pets. Soon, I will be bringing a ferret into my home as a pet. I used to have three cats, one Rottweiler dog, two guinea pigs, and a bunny. Every weekend I am either hanging out with friends, hiking, or volunteering at the local animal shelter. I really like nature and helping people. I had so much fun on this trip and I would definitely go back again. When I left for Costa Rica I was just an ignorant and careless person. I didn’t have much understanding of the world. This trip changed me, for sure. I now care that everyone is treated the same and considered equal. It's not fair to the people who might be a little bit different than the other people to be treated like they're aliens; they should be embraced and be treated the exact same way as the others. This trip taught me to be more open-minded and care about people around the world.