Claire, 30 – Birmingham

Claire, 30 – Birmingham

Six years ago I traveled with the Smile Foundation to Isla for the first time, I had no idea what to expect or how much that week would change my life. The second day we were there a little boy came in with an extremely swollen face due to an abscess. His dad was very...
Tizzy, 31 – Birmingham

Tizzy, 31 – Birmingham

I served on the 2012 Isla mission team. It was an incredible experience that left me completely humbled and beyond grateful. Not only is Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo a gorgeous island in Mexico where most of the photos I took looked like scenes from a postcard but it is...
Sara Claire, 28 – Birmingham

Sara Claire, 28 – Birmingham

Joy. Joy is the one thing that has remained the same each year that I traveled to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. 1,400 miles away, precious children live with a tarp over their head and no shoes. They are grateful. They are happy. They are joyful. The Smile Foundation’s...
Jahlyn, 20 – Memphis

Jahlyn, 20 – Memphis

Going to another country is usually something that many people are scared of; however, I was eager to travel to Isla Mujeres with group of people who I came to love. There are a lot of memories and things I learned that I have from my wonderful trip on the beautiful...
Carolyn, 27 – Washington D.C.

Carolyn, 27 – Washington D.C.

When I think of my time in Mexico- past and future, one word comes to mind, purpose.Our lives are made up of moments and instances all of which are out of our control. I think back to my first day in Mexico when the eight of us piled into golf carts and rode down the...
Cullen, 29 – Memphis

Cullen, 29 – Memphis

Over the years, Isla Mujeres has become a part of who I am. I have been traveling to the island since I was in high school. Each year brings different stories full of joy, laughter, hardship, and learning. Our trips have evolved from serving locals in anyway possible...