Hey! It’s Micah and Jealizza here,

Today we had the opportunity to serve as the first Environment Day leaders and student leaders of the trip. As leaders we were responsible to guide the group through the various activities of the day. Which included traveling to Sendero Enrquillo (Salto Jimenoa), which was the location of our tree planting project. In addition to planting trees, we were able to learn a lot about the native plant life here in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. Thanks to Johnny Uribe and his staff, we were able to plant over 100 trees! This was an amazing learning experience and opportunity to leave our mark on the Dominican Republic. Props to all of our fellow Glimpsers for their hard work and dedication out there in the hot sun (and many bugs!).

After resting up back at the accommodation, we made our way to Jimenoa River to meet up with our next guest speaker, Julian Holguin from Plan Yaque. Plan Yaque is a non-profit organization, dedicated to keeping the Jimenoa River clean. He was able to give us insight on the issues of pollution in Jarabacoa and why the river clean-up was important. His Associate, Victor, assisted in directing the project. Together we managed to collect 15 bags of garbage from the river side. It was an eye-opening experience for all of us to see how much trash could be collected in such little time. Given this experience, we will come back home more determined to do our part in preserving the environment.

These four days have allowed our delegation to develop strong bonds with one another that allow us to work as a team. Many of us feel like we’ve known each other for a long time. We are excited to see what the rest of the trip has in store for us and the many memories to be made.

We hope you enjoyed this update, and the pictures πŸ™‚

Signing off,

Jealizza and Micah

Reaching far to pick up trash!

Picture pose after planting rows of trees.

Looking clean with all this green πŸ™‚

Group photo!!!

Working hard to preserve the river.

Digging holes for baby trees.

The crew at the nursery.

We like this sign.