August 9th, Day 15
Hello families and friends back home! We miss you all dearly.
This morning we woke up and got ready for our busy day. We had a delicious breakfast which contained hot chocolate, bread with butter, fruits, and huevos revueltos (scrambled eggs with peppers). After breakfast, we departed with our amazing bus driver, Giovanni, to Fundacion Sol Naciente. There, we started working on our Community Action Project (CAP). The first steps of the project were to clean out all the trash from under the bleachers and start making the roof for the hostel and storage room. Nelson, the main coordinator of the Fundacion, helped us in every way possible and always told us to take breaks because of how hard we had been working. We did not realize the extent of the trash under the bleachers. It consisted of layer after layer of plastic food packaging and glass bottles. A lot of small pieces of glass bottles to be exact. We worked until lunch and had another awesome meal made by the CONAMUCA staff. We had rice, meatballs, and macaroni salad. After stuffing our mouths, we went back outside and got to work. We continued picking up trash and closing the gaps in the bleachers to make the roof for the rooms. Working got tough and we had to take a break to regroup and make sure that everyone was on the same page. After a brief meeting, we started working again and it seemed like we were working harder than before. At 4pm, we were told to stop working because, “We deserved our freedom,” insisted by Nelson. So, we went back to CONAMUCA, showered, and rested for the rest of the time until dinner. Dinner was at it’s usual time at 7pm. For dinner, we had Spaghetti, with corn, tomato, and cream, Salad with tomato and cucumber, Cherry Juice, Bread, and Tostones (smashed plantains, which were twice fried). After dinner, we had free time and our Nightly Meeting.
Today was a roller coaster and consisted with a lot of ups and downs. We learned that communication with a large project is a big deal. It is important to communicate what needs to happen, what you personally want to do, and voice any concerns you may have in advanced, so the group is aware as a whole. Communication is not included amongst the 3 C’s of Global Glimpse, but it is a very important skill to have when working in a big group. Furthermore, we discovered that honesty with how we feel is crucial. We were able to confront our feelings using honesty with one another. This made the work go by much more productively. Despite the fact that we have only known each other for 15 days, we’ve grown and bonded closely with one another. As a result, we were able to unite and give something special back to the community.
Overall, today was super duper fun and we were both very excited to be leaders on such a impactful, yet difficult, day. The trip has gone by so quickly, but it feels like we have all known each other our entire lives. We are grateful to have met such amazing people on this trip. The next few days will be the best and saddest. We love and miss you all so much.
Beatriz and Ella
P.S. Candace and Brad, I have bought 4 pounds of the best coffee you will ever have in your entire life. I can’t wait to see you both and share the trip with you. Love you!
Michelle, que dia cheio ! Mas parece que todos os dias são bem corridos, né? Isso é ótimo, pois vcs aprendem a Planejar melhor o dia-a-dia. Acho que nesses poucos dias, vc e sua turma aprenderam muito mesmo. Aqui está tudo bem ! Ontem levei a Melissa no dermatologista para resolver o problema da acne dela. Depois ela te conta, mas eu gostei do médico !
E eu estou contando os dias pra ir te buscar ! Beijos !
Reading your email today was a super nice surprise. Hope you’re dong well and under HIS care. Thank you for writing. Papa was standing right next to me while I read it. Looks like you all have a great work life balance. You work and then play hard. At least I guess it’s true……you have to go away from your home to appreciate all the imperfections. Just remember Ally…..whatever you do….do your best at it…….your work will leave a lasting impression of YOU. Pray for those who might seem lost. It was nice to hear that you all got to know each other really well…but I didn’t doubt that at all. If there is one thing both my girls got from me is…their love of making friends. Hope you all keep in touch via email and your paths cross again. it’s pretty late for me….so I’m signing off….
Love you tons….to the moon and back
Mummy, papa and Ashy
Miss you Ella! Sad I didn’t get a shout out but I know you’re having a great time. Please call me if you cal when you get home on Friday! So excited to hear about everything. Much love ❤️
그간 많은 일이 있었네…음식은 보아하니 집보다 좋은 것 같고^^
쓰레기 치우고 지붕 만드느라 힘들었겠네…더운날 하루종일 밖에서 말이야. 이 모든 경험들이 너에겐 아주 값진 시간이었겠어. 돌아오면 그곳에서 경험했던 것들을 모든 것들을 들려줘~ 굉장히 흥미로울 것 같아.
여기선 다들 학교 갈 준비로 바쁘다…수아는 오늘 학교에 가서 등록해. 더블린 하이스쿨은 어떨지 나도 궁금하다..ㅎㅎ 마지막까지 모기 조심하고 건강하게 잘지내다가 와~~~ 많이 보고싶다.
Miss you lots and can’t wait to see you soon! Not much has happened, but the USA basketball teams are both 3-0! Make the most out of your CAP days and the remaining days you have left!
What only 4 pounds, yes I’m kidding thanks so much for thinking about us coffee drinkers! Sounds like a great day thanks for sharing. XO. Papa
Dear Ella. Thanks for the coffee and menu listings. Can’t wait to hold you in my arms. Love mom