“Don’t be afraid to be the one person asking questions; knowledge is priceless. Always search for some sort of meaning in everything you do – no matter how small it may be. ”
“I always wanted to have a positive impact on the world. With this route, you can shape it how you want.”
“Being an introvert simply means that I am self-sufficient and like to deal with my own problems. It does not mean I cannot be a leader. ”
Time Capsule Letter – Session 1
We can’t believe it has already been so long since our Argentina trip ended! I can still imagine those flaky medialunas in the morning and the delicious empanadas that we shared. Often times, it seems like yesterday that we were laughing in the rain, stomping in the mud, and building the school out of ecoladrillos. You’re probably back in school (or starting college!) but we wanted you to know that here in Buenos Aires we are still thinking of you and the impact we made this summer together.
Our time spent together here truly did make an impact. You should all know you left Buenos Aires a better place than when you came. Gustavo and Flor’s garden will continue to be a place of shelter and community for the children you met during our first days here. The adobe classroom and garden beds we built will stand longer after our time here is just a memory, making the environment of those sites more comfortable for the people that live there. And more importantly, the knowledge YOU gained on this trip we hope will serve you and the communities you go on to be in for the rest of your life! We now know how harmful plastic is to the environment, and some ways to reduce and reuse it in order to lessen our impact on the environment.
Another thing I can’t forget is how much fun we had together here! You guys were a huge part of making this trip so fun by being a really close knit group. We experienced Argentine culture by learning to tango, to make the traditional Argentine dessert chocotorta, and meeting real life gauchos on an Argentine estancia. We also got to visit a local market and buy our own mate cups and other goodies to take home with us. We also got to explore the city and see the beautiful neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. And no one can forget the giddy feeling of laughter from galloping on a horse together in a group of friends that we will never forget!
We worked really hard and also had a blast together. Whether it was playing games at night, ninja with our community members, figuring out riddles on the bus, throwing mud during service, watching Colton do the Tango, or exploring new places together- it was that much fun because we got to share it with all you guys — the 2016 GLA Argentina group! Thanks for helping to make these special memories in an amazing place.
Some special moments from our trip:
Learning about ecoladrillos and making an impact by recycling used plastic into the building blocks of our service projects
Laughing during the colorful play at the community theatre performed by many talented children!
Getting to see the amazing art in Hospital Borda
Learning about Permaculture with Gustavo, Flor, and Tomas
Taking a tango class and watching you exhibit their newfound skills in different places throughout the rest of the trip
Watching the wall of the third classroom grow as we applied the adobe we made
Celebrating the three special birthdays
Exploring the city of Buenos Aires and having an asado feast there
Playing ninja with Gustavo and the rest of our group
Galloping our horses into the sunset at the Estancia!