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Photo by Tom Pablo, South America Semester.


Hello! My name is Henry Raith and I can’t tell you how excited I am to be apart of Group B (the best group of course). I am 19 years old, attend University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and have been working as a manager at a small restaurant in Chicago for the past 3 years or so. I am a huge football and hockey fan, and yes, I am devastated by the Bears recent playoff lose. I love to meet new people, especially from different places and cultures. My Spanish is coming along nicely, so I’m excited to further my skills and hopefully become fluent. I chose the Andes/Amazon trip to explore an amazing area of South America, stay with a family, hike across the country, and continue working on Spanish language. After skimming through bios and introductions, I believe our group will be open, welcoming, and helpful, and I’m excited to get to know everyone. With my free time, I enjoy going out with my friends, seeing movies, playing basketball, and video games. I’ve been on 5 previous mission trips where phones were prohibited, and it was great to get away from everyday worries and distraction. I am hoping to come out of this trip more independent, mentally and physically stronger, more cultured, and more motivated to achieve greater in my life. See everyone in 2 weeks! (I am middle left in the photo)