Hellooo… from San Juan De La Maguana! Sorry for the delay…internet was down all day yesterday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer vacation so far because I know I am! Today a special speaker, Angela Zabola, came by and gave us an informative presentation about education. We always hear about developing nations not having the same education as we do in the U.S., but do we really THINK about it? After hearing what Angela Zabola shared with us about the education in the DR, I was so shocked to learn that the school sessions are only four hours long. We (or most of us) always complain about school and how it is so tiresome. I think that we should look more on the positive side and be thankful for everything we are provided. Having the talk with Angela Zabola has really touched me and it has impacted on me a lot, as well as everyone else. Another big thing that happened today is that we had our first English tutoring lesson! Seeing how the students are so motivated to learn English made me smile a lot. It’s really nice to see that we are making an impact on someone else’s life. It was so much fun teaching English to the students. The downside was that I didn’t know much Spanish so I had to get help most of the time. As I teach them English, they teach me Spanish!
Being the first student leader of the day, I was so nervous. I am a small person and it has always been difficult for me to handle a large crowd but after today, I believe everything about that has changed. I love my group for being so attentive and whenever I asked them for help, they were there to help me. If you guys are reading this in the future, thank you so much for everything!!! Being leader of the day has taught me a lot. I gained some new skills that are going to be super useful in the future and I now I know what I need to improve on. Throughout the day, my GG leaders and peers were telling me how well I was doing and this had made me feel a lot more confident in my role as a leader. Last night it was hard for me to sleep because I was so nervous and scared about being student leader of the day. However tonight I know I will be sleeping with a big smile on my face. “It doesn’t matter where you are as long as you’re with the right people.” I miss everyone at home so much!! See you guys soon in T-minus 16 days!