Today was Living like a Local Day, which meant that each of us were going to live off of $1 for the entire day. We started the day eating a simple dish of rice and beans with tortillas. Afterward, we spent our mornings with a family in the community Corinto Finca. All glimpsers were assigned to a household with another student and while there we worked alongside the family. Corinto Finca is an agricultural community, so many of us assisted the family in farming or prepping crops. We also helped with cooking and chores around the house. At the end of the field trip, we had a party with all of the families in the community.
Once we returned to the hostel, we prepped for our CAP presentation that we had a few hours later. As a whole group we presented our vision for the CAP to Juan Carlos, although we didn’t feel completely prepared, we ended up doing pretty well. Then we had a dinner of steamed bananas and beans. Shortly afterward, we went to tutor our English classes, and then we walked back to the hostel.
Being the first paired ELDDs of the trip, we had to work together to accomplish our goal of providing an engaging, yet safe, experience. Since, it was Living like a Local Day, we frequently reminded students not to use the basic comforts like iPods, cameras, and lights. Buckets and bowls were provided today for showering like a local.
Although all of us were challenged to step beyond our comfort zone, everyone enjoyed the experience of living in a lower resource setting.