Time Capsule Letter – October 2016
It’s Ben! I hope you’re all doing well, and haven’t forgotten me or the team yet! My summer in the DR is wrapped up and now I have a chance to reflect on the great memories we built together.
The house in Las Canas is complete, painted up and filled up with a grateful family of 9 and the water is flowing readily in Las Canas thanks to the water tank and piping we helped with.
When I think back on you guys I think back on the time we had together, I think back on the most ridiculous ‘lights out’ checks of my life, a coffee machine that kept mysteriously vanishing from the other groups kitchen (no idea what was happening there, haha!) and group of people who made me feel really loved and appreciated from start to finish.
Keep pushing boundaries (not your parent’s boundaries… Do whatever they tell you!), keep travelling, keep learning about the world and keep in contact, honestly, you guys are cool.
Thanks for being a great part of my life, I look forward to hearing the next chapter in yours,
Juliann, I still have no raincoat I hope you’re enjoying it.
Summer Blog Posts
-Sarah Gill, Julia Stahlkuppe, Maggie Olson
The late arrivals: (left to right) Sophia, Julia, and Katie
-Lee, Kristen, Alex,
As we worked on constructing the new house for the Dominican family we realized what it is like to live in the Dominican Republic and experienced what we saw difficult, that they considered every day life. As we continue to work on the house we realize how different the seven elements, economic, political, food, environment, personal, community and health are in the Dominican Republic are compared to at home.
Isabel, Lauren, and Jake
Today we woke up, had some pancakes and local honey, which was a special treat. We then headed to Dudu Lagoon on a bus that had WIFI! We were all so excited for the first adventure day of our trip. First, we went to exchange our money to pesos. We then arrived to Dudu after about an hour and half drive, and got straight to zip-lining and cliff diving into the lagoon. We also had the chance to visit a dry and wet cave where the water was crystal clear. So pretty!!! Others enjoyed the opportunity to play beach volleyball and soccer. After some free time exploring Dudu we had lunch at a buffet style restaurant at the lagoon. The lunch consisted of fried chicken, rice, and beans. There was also a chance to buy ice cream and cold drinks too. Shortly after lunch, we left for Playa Preciosa. It was a rainy day and a high tide, so we didn’t have a chance to really go into the water, but we still got to sit and enjoy the beautiful beach and take pictures. While at the beach some local vendors brought out some jewelry and wooden goods and we looked, and some ended up buying some of the goods too. Soon, we drove back to the home base, had free time, dinner, our daily leadership lecture and mentor groups which is where we ended the day. It was a fun-filled day, although the rain was on and off throughout the day. It’s crazy that we have already hit the halfway mark of our trip duration, and we are excited to get back to work tomorrow!
Love, the Leaders of the Day:
Sophia H, Hannah W, & Michelle L
Julia L, Julia M, Katie
Some of us woke up early to watch the sunrise at 6 am. That started the day well. Then we had breakfast an hour early at 7 am. The papaya was incredible at breakfast and everyone liked it. We left on the bus for Brison at 7:30. We arrived there at 9:30 and began our hike up the mountain. The hike was much longer than expected and was very difficult for some. However, we forged ahead and were greeted with lunch at the top of the mountain. The food was delicious and everyone enjoyed the break and the view at the top of the mountain. We sat and talked with Dona Maxima, and a talking crow. Afterwards we took a group picture before heading down the mountain. On the way down we planted passion fruit trees. After finally making it back to the buses, we all cried tears of joy in the A/C and slept the whole way home. Upon return to the camp, groups presented their research projects on global issues. For dinner, we had TACOS, which everyone loved and all the guac was eaten. After dinner, Giorgio led the human security lecture. We learned a lot about how stuff is processed and produced. Lastly we had our last mentor groups and enjoyed a bonfire. Shoutout to our homies!!!!
Henry, Emmy, Hannah T 🙂