June 24, 2017
My day started at 6:00 am when I went on an early morning run with Shelby and a mentor. After breakfast with pancakes, and tropical fruits we continued the day with drawing and planning our mural and gate sign for our project site. We headed to The Land of the Strays where we played and hugged hundreds of dogs. We began our community service by cleaning the front gate, preparing it for painting the logo and making the entrance look nicer. We took a tour of where we will be working during the next few days and sadly, afterwards we had to leave. There is one puppy I want to take home so badly! Along with a few other dogs. After lunch we went to the rescue Zoo where they rescued so many beautiful animals from parrots to mountain lions. The sloths were my favorite by far. Afterwards we took a relaxing yoga class. Dinner began at 6:30 with meat, rice and beans, salad and it tasted amazing! After dinner we learned hip hop dance from our leader of the day, she teaches young kids back home and it was super fun! We played some cards and went to bed at 10:00.”
July 2, 2017
The bus, piloted by the most amazing driver himself (Elliot), pulls up to the gates of Territorio de Zaguates, still being carefully worked on by our team of GLA volunteers. The second we step off the bus we find ourselves greeted with a range of curious sniffs, wagging tails and wiggling butts. Greetings are spoken as we all start to work. Flash forward to about noon and we find sleeping dogs having a glorious nap on the backpacks, although their beauty sleep is interrupted- time to go back to base camp, diverge into our lunches paired with afternoon activities. However, time flies and it’s time for yet another bus adventure- dinnEr, of course! After a brisk walk out of the falling rain we’re soon seated in a restaurant with decorations from ceiling to floor. Soon we’re treated to an unfamiliar cuisine in which we experience new flavors. A wonderful day indeed!