After eating a delicious breakfast of gallo pinto, warm tortillas, organic avocado, and homemade goat cheese, the delegation was then split into three groups. Group One sanded a house for two and a half hours, then moved on to bagging fertilizer at the Wormery. Group Two shoveled manure, gathered acorns, sorted carrots, and shredded grass to feed the cows. Lastly, Group Three also bagged fertilizer and sanded a house. These activities continued for a whopping 5 hours!
With the end of these activities, we ate a hardy lunch and were rewarded with free time. We were able to visit various artisan shops, or hike up to La Garancha’s mirador. Subsequently, we got the chance to listen to Don Pablo explain his work and the community he has immersed his heart and soul into for the last 14 years. Before traveling back to the hostel, we were able to ask Don Pablo questions one-on-one.
The ride back began with lively singing and dancing, but soon ended with everybody sound asleep, exhausted from the day’s work. Back at the hostel we were able to enjoy a bit of free time. Some students grabbed coffee from the local bakery, some shopped for souvenirs, others picked up some snacks, while the remaining few enjoyed spontaneous participation in the local festivities. We were able to catch up with some of our English students as well as some of the kids we met at schools we visited during the parade.
We ended the day with dinner at Alfredito’s per usual, followed by a quick nightly meeting. Overall, everyone had a great experience walking in a local’s boots.