SJ1BAye, how’s it going family, friends, and the Global Glimpse community! Today was pretty chill. We started off the day waking up at 6 in the morning, where I was delighted to wake up 30 minutes earlier. Once everyone was together, we left the hostel and ate our wonderful breakfast prepared by Sheila and her cooks. Breakfast was on bus, crowed with participants, leaders, and ambassadors, but as always, we had that AC blasted. After the two hour ride, we finally arrived safely to the coast of the Dominican Republic. Though we were beaten upon arrival by another delegation, the San Cristobal group, we quickly got to know each other, having lots of fun at the beach and eating great food together. I also got to meet their leader of the day, Natalie, who was very kind and great to work with, as we joined the two delegations. While at the beach, we got to listen to Maria and Cesar, who talked about the history of the Larimar stones. These stones can only be found here on the island, which made it all the more valuable. I was very surprised to find that these blue stones were a form of volcanic rock, brought in by neighboring islands, and were found by the shores of the Dominican Republic.

Swimming in the ocean was super fun as well. Though the water was really salty, I’m sure everyone had a great time in the water. We had a lot of fun playing catch in the water, to racing each other to the shore. I should also mention that the water temperature was great. The atmosphere here was very bright, partly because of the natural beauty of the island, but mostly from the smiles that shone on everyone faces. With that being said, all good things must come to an end, and our time at the beach would soon be over, replaced by professional attire and a willingness to teach. Honestly, after having a lot of fun at the beach, eating great food, and being frustrated with keeping the group together, I did not expect that teaching my students would bring up my mood. When you think of teaching several 16 to 19 year olds advanced students, nothing good really comes to mind. However, teaching these guys is always fun. These students are always engaged in our teachings, and experiencing this first hand was truly unforgettable. SJ1B

Sorry to cut this short, but I’m running out of time. Hopefully I will be able to add to this later, if not, then I’ll be sure to tell you all my experience when I get home to the Bay. Shout out to my parents, my brother, and the rest of my friends back home. Thanks for always leaving comments on the blogs, I really appreciate it. I hope you’re all doing well, and I promise to make this a valuable and unforgettable trip.