¡Hola a todos!

This is Maggie, one of your three Global Glimpse Leaders and also leaders of the day of today! Here to recap day 3. 🙂

We had an earlier wake-up time today (7:30 instead of 8:00… ay ay ay!) but everything was smooth and we had breakfast at 8:30. Everyone was pleased because we ate bananas with chocolate sauce and hot chocolate (don’t worry- we also ate eggs and pineapple).

We had two awesome activities today. To preface, we read the students a little “mental warm-up” info about each place and person to give them a little background.

Our first activity was carnaval mask making! The Carnaval here in the DR is similar to the Carnaval in Brazil or New Orleans. Our amigo Gato (which means “cat”- fun fact he was given the nickname Gato because of his light green eyes) is the mask maker in Constanza and has won awards around the DR.

Students were given a mold of clay and were taught a few steps on how to make features. Here is how mine turned out. 🙂

Gato will now finalize them and give them back to the students to paint at home!

We went back to hotel to chill and eat lunch. Somehow these kids always have so much energy to play Uno- when I went straight to my room to nap. 🙂 It’s amazing how well the students are all bonding- playing cards (everyone is very serious about Uno) and spending a lot of quality time together.

After lunch, we walked about 10/15 minutes to Multi Uso – a cultural center downtown where we had class with our amazingly fun and talented teacher Paul who taught us some traditional dances: bachata and merengue. Even though we were all drenched with sweat, there were a ton of laughs and it was so much fun.

Then after dance, we had more free time. I think a lot of students took my advice to shower and nap at this point (although some of course still played Uno).

This evening students started planning their first English class lesson! The creative juices are flowing and I can’t wait to see how they do!

The night is ending with self-reflection and the nightly meeting. It’s truly inspiring and touching to see the types of conversations they’re having with each other. Everyone has really opened up and are engaging in profoundly deep conversations. I love seeing how open and accepting everyone is. These young adults are honestly a special group!

Our first student leaders of the day will touch base tomorrow! ¡Adiós!

Maggie, the Global Glimpse Leaders, Program Coordinators, and your babies. 🙂