“The first wealth is health.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
How does it feel to work on your creative project for someone else’s benefit?
Que xopa (what’s up?!) friends and family?
Sammi and Shayla here, your Liders del Dia for CAP Day 2!
The main focus of our day was being more productive on our second day of the CAP. We started off the morning by waking up our fellow Glimpsers bright and early (sorry room number 14) and then enjoying a hearty breakfast. Everyone knows how mornings can be; that is why Sammi decided to initiate an energizer to REALLY wake up the sleepyheads by having everyone learn one of the cheers from her spirit squad. Woohoo!
After that, we made a fast departure to NutreHogar with our trusty driver Luis at the wheel. We began to work immediately in our groups since we knew that it was going to be a long day. We would like to mention the achievements of each group. Deep Cleaning managed to not only finish the crib wing and the hallways across the building but also started on the exterior. Sewing completed 12 out of 20 bedsheets. Painting finished doing the kitchen walls and started the murals. Social Awareness passed out a total of 360 flyers across Las Tablas. By the end of the day, the group smelled either of paint, bleach, or babies (and lots and lots of sweat). Good job, team!
Back at the hotel, we prepared for another night of English Tutoring. Our lesson of the day was centered on subject pronouns. We went to IFARHU at 6:45 and tutored until 8pm. We finished the full day with our nightly meeting where we reflected on the successes and challenges, spread some Big Love, and passed on our leadership torch.
It was definitely a learning experience for the group and leaders today. Part of NutreHogar’s primary mission is to actively decrease child malnutrition and today was a large step towards that goal. We believe that the quote of the day can be understood as health being a first priority even before wealth, which is seen as something very valuable. NutreHogar is one of the many organizations that demonstrate this meaning, and we can see their hard work in how they give the children the happy and healthy life they deserve. When we discussed the work day later, everyone agreed that working for someone else’s benefit is also a great benefit to us. The organization benefits from the work that we do for them, and we benefit as well by building our work ethic and character.
As Glimpsers, we always keep the 3 C’s in mind. Today was another day in which those qualities were shown. For us, being leaders required a lot of courage, and we especially needed that when raising our voices to the group’s attention. As a group, compassion and commitment was shown while we worked on our CAP project. We noticed that fellow Glimpsers were offering help to groups that needed it and committed themselves to helping others finish their part of the project. We couldn’t have asked for a more hardworking team!
Time for shout-outs!
Sammi: Big Love to my homeroom teach Jason Chan for introducing Global Glimpse to me and for encouraging me to apply. Big Love goes to my fellow song girls! You girls make my day whether we are just sending funny posts to each other on Instagram or practicing cheers and choreography together at practice. I love you all, and I am so honored and excited to be captain of this amazing team. Lastly, Big Love to my parents Connie Zeng and Justin Situ for trusting me (and paying for me) to embark on this adventure with Global Glimpse. I want to say, “Thank You”, for the endless support and sacrifices that you both have made for the sake of my happiness and well-being.
Shayla: First, Big Love to my mom and dad! Thank you for working hard every day and allowing me to go on this trip. I can’t wait to tell you about my experiences here in Panama. It is a very beautiful country. I miss everyone back home very much. Next, shout-out to my Spanish teacher, Senora Henderson, thank you for dedicating your time in teaching students Spanish. Without you, I would not have participated in Global Glimpse at all.
Being Liders del Dia was a very rewarding and memorable experience. We hope the next leaders feel the same as we pass on the torch to Kenny and Hoang for the final day of our CAP. Good luck guys!
Sammi and Shayla