July 8, 2013

Buenas,

We began our day like any other day – wake up all the students and then go to breakfast. After that we went to the community and we were placed with the Nica families. It was Laurie, Simran and me that were in a group. Some of us were placed in the center in the community and some higher up the hill. Basically what we did was help out the family by making tortillas. We did have to beg our family to give us work, and they did. We ended up cleaning the dishes and we took a tour of their land. They showed us the different types of plants that they grow. After being with the family we all learned how beautiful and peaceful it is to live in a community like that. You can see how the family always had a smile on their faces. I learned that us who live in the United States take many things for granted. For example, hot running water, a phone, etc. Maybe for some of the Glimpsers it may have been difficult but for me the most challenging thing was being El Lider Del Dia. I’ve never been one of those people that loves to lead. I was terrified of speaking to all the Glimpsers and having all these responsibilities. I guess the only thing that really heped me get over my fear of being a leader where my friends. I probably would have never been able to have been as satisfied as I was without the support of my friends. I would say that being a leader does not mean to be bossy but to be sure of yourself. I have also learned that when you’re a leader it’s okay to ask for help, because we’re always going to need help. My day of being El Lider Del Dia was tuani (slang word in Nicaragua that means cool).

the drive to the village

the drive to the village

a tour of the land

a tour of the land

learning how to make tortillas

learning how to make tortillas

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