CAP Day 3… Sort of.
Today has proven that the best plan is no plan. We (Areli & Adreanna) woke up with the plan for the whole day and everyone was excited to finally finish our projects. Just to find out that our whole day was cancelled. We found out that there were possible protests happening in some cities in Ecuador and that streets would be closed. So, we were unable to travel Colegio 9 de Octubre. We were all bummed out that we couldn’t complete our projects for all the kids. Instead, the director of the school came to La Primavera and we gave him the community the materials as well as the leftover money so that they could finish whatever we weren’t able to complete.
Since we were unable to visit the school to finish our projects, our amazing Program Coordinators (PCs), Paco and Nacho, came up with a fun plan to take us to Parque Ricoamba. There, we spent the afternoon in the fresh air and astounding nature! From the flowing river to the vibrant flowers, it was a much needed break from all the hard work done in the past days at Colegio 9 de Octubre. We had lunch at the park where we saw many cute dogs and many of us sun tanned and read books. It went from a stressful morning with no plan to a fun and relaxing afternoon.
When we came back to La Primavera, we had lots of free time which many of us used to pack our souvenirs as well as took time to rest and take naps. After our long free time, we met in the meeting room to have a reflection about our CAP. We reflected on how well we worked together and what we could’ve done differently.
After our CAP debrief, we got on the bus and Don Fernando took us to a Mexican restaurant called Lina to celebrate our last dinner together as a group. We had a big hurrah celebrating our last full day in Ecuador, as well our PC Paco’s and one of the students, Dalilah’s birthdays. Don Fernando gave us a little speech thanking us for letting him be a part of our trip. He gave us all a llama keychain and made many of us cry tears of joy. It was an evening we will never forget.
After leaving Lina, we came back to La Primavera to have our last nightly meeting. We (Areli & Adreanna) passed the torch to our next Leader of the Day, Allyson! She is very funny and her laugh is infectious! Please look out for her blog post tomorrow evening as we’re in the Quito airport. We had many Big Loves from a lot of people for our last night together. We ended with our last unity clap and used the word “Family”.
We are currently having a dance party outside 🙂
To Areli’s Mom: I miss you so much and I can’t wait to finally go home. Te quiero mucho <3
To Adreanna’s Family: It has been an eventful two weeks and I have definitely made memories I will never forget. Thank you for helping me get out of my comfort zone and go to Ecuador! I miss everyone and see you soon!!!
Shoutout to Don Fernando for the cute keychains, we will keep them forever and I think I speak for everyone when I say we will never forget him. – Areli
Shoutout to the Director of the school Colegio 9 de Octubre for being understanding when we were unable to finish the CAP project, and instead only provided the materials for it. Thank you for letting us participate in fixing the little parts of the school that will hopefully last a long time. – Adreanna
Additionally, we would love to shoutout the staff at Restaurante Lina for preparing a special and awesome meal for us tonight – we really enjoyed it!
We will see you all at the airport on Friday morning!
Areli Ortega & Adreanna Dones
I couldn’t help but tear up as I’m reading this blog, its unfortunate that you all weren’t able to finish the school projects, I’m sure that you guys made a big impact regardless. I am also very happy to know the great memories ALL of you have made. Chris we love you and cant wait to see you.
Ms. Kim, this trip sounds so incredible! So exciting to see you in these pictures enjoying Ecuador after your graduation. Karina and I send you some big love! <3
Hola Chilis. Todos te extrañamos y queremos mucho! Ayer cuando recogi a Julian de la escuela, Damian me dijo- No recogiste a Areli, se te olvidó! Vamos por Areli! Sus familias los esperamos con ansias!Espero que este viaje haya sido una hermosa experiencia para todos. Te veo pronto! Love you hermosa!
Todos te queremos y extrañamos mucho!
Damian pregunta mucho por ti. Ayer cuando recogimos a Julian de la escuela me dijo- No recogimos a Areli, se te olvidó, vamos por Areli!
Espero que esta viaje haya sido una experiencia hermosa para todos.
Sus familias los esperamos con muchas ganas de verlos y abrazarlos.
Love you hermosa!
Sounds like you guys are getting an extra day!!!! How exciting for everyone! Have lots of fun everyone.
Naomi, can’t wait to see you!
hey adreanna! i am glad you are making great memories and life long friendships in Ecuador! see you when you get back!