In hindsight, Shepard found his time in Latin America more rewarding than some of the other, squeaky clean, pristine, touristy areas. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 37 million Americans can speak Spanish and it helped that Shepard is one of them.
"In the Philippines either you had money or you didn't. In Honduras, no one I met or saw had money," Shepard said. "I thought I knew poverty, but to work alongside the people and play with kids who have never owned shoes, I didn't really understand until I touched down."
It wasn't all ditch digging for Shepard while in Honduras, he also found his love.
In an era where 1 in 5 relationships start online, Shepard defied the trend, and met and fell in love with Ivana Mravikova, 23, from Slovakia.
Adam and Ivana were married December 2012.
"I don't want to create some crazy movement, but there are pockets of people in our generation who are curious, but don't have the moxie to take a trip like this," Shepard said.
His advice? Muster the moxie.