On August 7th, Day 6 of our adventure in the Dominican Republic, we started off the morning with some warm hot chocolate, toast, delicious strawberry jam, scrambled eggs, and a small history lesson about the Sin Rostro faceless clay dolls of the Dominican culture. These dolls without faces represent the blend of different cultures, ethnicities, and traditions of the Dominican people as well as being united people as one family.
Following breakfast, we headed to the Community of Cañada de las Palmas in the beautiful mountains of Constanza. There we were separated into 4 groups, each group joining a host family within the community. The hosts accepted us into their homes graciously, sharing with students and leaders about their life, work, family, future goals, struggles with poverty, and much more. Some groups cleaned the community center and played dominoes, while others helped cooked lunch alongside the hosts. Glimpsers then met the children living in the community, where there were immediate connections. Everywhere you looked there were hugs, piggyback rides, flower crowns, games, photo shoots, and many smiles and laughs being shared between everyone involved. The LDDs (leaders of the day), PCs (program coordinators), and community members then served a lunch of fried platanos, potato and carrot salad, and rice with veggies to the community and students in the community center.
Following lunch, a baseball game was set up on the road surrounded by the mountain range. Many community members came to join the game and the road was lively with their lively shouts and laughs. After the game ended, we said our goodbyes to the friends we made, which included many exchanges of bracelets, phone numbers, hugs, pictures, and tears. Many students were very emotional, mentioning they felt like they had known the children forever.
Once we were back at the hotel, everyone went straight to start making our poster, and working together to translate our respective parts of the CAP presentation project to the community leaders of Barrio de las Flores. Everyone was dressed to impress, the presentation went great, and the leaders approved the project. After that, we headed off to dinner in our fancy clothes and ate spaghetti, salad, and bread. We then reflected on our day with the community and all the love that was shared. At the nightly meeting, we passed the torch to the next LDDs, then gathered our dirty clothes for our laundry day!
We all had an incredibly impactful day today with the community that we will never forget and will carry with us forever. Everyone looks forward to what comes next!
Love, Lucy y Mayra
What wonderful experiences you guys are all living. Love and miss you Ari.
Can’t wait to see the outcome of the CAP project everyone has in mind!
Wish you guys would upload more photos of everyone so we can see you guys 🙁
Sounds like everyone is having a good time though ☺️
I miss you and love you Jose❤️
Glad to hear everyone is enjoying the trip.I hope ya’ll had a good experience bonding with the locals. Must have been a nice view during the baseball game.
To Ari: I missssss you a lotttttt. I can’t wait to see you again. I love youuuu!!
I can’t wait to see you when you get back and hear all the amazing things that have happened on this trip. One of the most important parts of my day is seeing what you are up to and the incredible things you’re getting to experience. I Love you, Ella!!
Wow, this sounds like an amazing day! Can’t wait to hear all the stories from your trip. I miss you Lucy!
It’s so great to hear about your time with the local kids and presenting to the community. The food sounds delicious!
O mi corazon!
Such transformative experiences….brought tears to my eyes!
Now I’ve read each blog, and again, thankful for the amazing time you GG’s are having.
Ella, I miss you so! Love the adorable pix of you in Constanza and popsicle time, and oh, the dance class, too! so proud and happy you are part of my life!
Such nice pictures, it’s so cool to see a smile on all their faces 😁. See you soon Edwin❤️
Wow, another baseball game! And it sounds like the group really bonded with the community, especially the children. How nice for everyone. What a wonderful opportunity for you all to experience another culture. Can’t wait to read the next blog! Love and miss you tons Nora!
Love you Jessica linares miss you so much 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘