If you want to change the world, be the change.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Hi I’m Kyra, a rising senior at Mountain View High School, and I was today’s leader of the day. The theme of today was flexibility and spontaneity since we had a change to the original schedule.

Today we woke up at 7:00, had breakfast at 8:00, then explored Jarabacoa on our safari bus. After taking pictures in front of the city sign (colorfully painted), and enjoying the nature of La Confluencia (where two rivers merge) and the adjacent playground, we returned to our accommodation to have lunch. At 1:30, we left for Los Bohios where we went swimming and played pool. We came back for dinner, had free time, then a nightly meeting, and here I am writing this blog. 🙂

On my leadership day, I discovered that people appreciate my leadership style and my own unique personality and voice. I felt a bit disoriented because of the undisclosed schedule that was to be determined, but also happy that we were able to have a good time and enjoy each other’s company. I was surprised that I was able to project my voice in order to get people’s attention for headcounts and announcements, etc., and I am most proud of the group’s ability to support one another and make each other feel important.

Being a leader does not come naturally to me so I was pretty nervous for this day, but it ended up going pretty well. The most inspiring moment for me was when I told everyone the day’s call and response which was: “el barco se hunde” & “si mi capitan” and everyone cheered. It was from our game taught to us by John. Our group (as always?) embodied camaraderie by being there for each other despite the uncertainty of the schedule and by keeping each other’s spirits up during difficult times. We established mutual trust and connection with each other and have made friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime.

Big love to my family back home, I can’t wait to see you guys soon!

Now I’m passing the torch to Lani and Sarai for Final Reflection Day. Thanks for reading!

-Kyra Yu