Today we experienced something most of us have never experienced before. Last night at 10:00 PM the electricity and water were shut down. We were each given a five gallon bucket of water to do tasks such: as brushing our teeth, showering, and going to the bathroom for a whole 24 hours. With no electricity we had no fan and no lights, making it hard to put on clothes, stay cool, and find our way in the dark. The wake up time was earlier than we had been used to this trip, adding on to the exhaustion of the heat. When we made it back to our rooms to change or go to the bathroom it was difficult to do while in the dark and without the ability to flush.

Throughout the day, we ate similar meals to many local families, consisting of bread, hot chocolate, eggs, vegetables, rice, and chicken. Snacks were discouraged to help us relate to the strict budget that many locals live on. The experience was very humbling for us to begin to understand how locals live every day.

We visited a community called Suarez where we spent time with the locals who lived there. The locals were warm, welcoming, and very united. While with them, we helped them with chores such as sweeping, dishes, cooking, folding clothes, and making beds. Although these chores were not tiring, doing them still held a lot of meaning. They were simple but doing them made me feel happy and warm inside because instead of being forced to do chores, I was doing them to help someone else. After finishing the chores, everyone began to talk with their host family about their life in the Suarez community. From these conversations we realized the difference of the drought they were facing compared to the drought that we were facing in California.

Later, we ate a delicious lunch of rice, chicken, and vegetables with the locals. After finishing lunch we asked the locals some questions for the CAP project. When we were done asking the questions, many of us went to play baseball with the locals. The locals were very good and our group lost badly, but it was a very fun experience. Overall, I believe it was a very eye-opening experience and an amazing trip for everyone.

Tutoring was something else we got to do today. The place we tutor at is called El Liceo, the local high school in San Juan de la Maguana. Depending on what the Glimpsers wanted to teach, preparing for the lessons was something different for everyone. With the lessons we created, we taught our classes of different age groups, from 10 year olds up to 60 year olds. These lessons are really fun and the people there are really dedicated to learning which can be different from the U.S. where almost everyone takes education for granted. We all teach two hour classes ranging from beginner to advanced. This improves our communication skills, our teamwork, and helps us get out of our comfort zones. We teach things from simple vocabulary to complicated grammar. The skills we learn from tutoring is definitely something that helps to brings out the leader in all of us.