June 21st, 2017
Jackson, Justin, Christian, Lucas, Kaitlyn
We woke up to the sound of cows, chickens, and girls swimming in the pool downstairs. Funky bacon for breakfast and mashed potatoes. A little taste of our Home land on the bus ride up to the working site with Miley Cyrus 2009 top song of the year “Born in the USA”. We settled quickly into a work routine of cutting chicken wire, nailing them to each of the wooden frame work and finally inserting recycled plastic bottles into the hollow walls. The plastic bottles were gathered by locals from the shore La Boca, a place where the river meets the ocean. Throughout the day, friendly interactions between students and locals were recurrent. Neighborhood youth danced to American rap songs that were playing through the speaker that we brought, a basketball scrimmage started after lunch and the local adolescents dominated the game. After a day of hard work and cultural exchange, we spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the sun and surf in the Caribbean Ocean.
Today was another eventful, wonderful day in the DR. It started with a crazy morning at Dudu Lagoon where we zip lined into the beautiful clear water. We stayed here for our delicious lunch played volleyball, soccer and Frisbee while others tanned. After, we boarded the bus and headed off to La Playa Preciosa where we once again swam, tanned and drank Piña Coladas (virgin). We came home to our lovely meal of fish, rice and avocado and watched a movie about climate change. What a day! Cannot wait for tomorrow.
By: Hannah Dudiak, Bridget Duncan, Amelia Heckman, Anna Ogan, Jenna Conrades
Day 6 done.
From the best leaders of the day to ever exist at a GLA program,
Once we returned to the lodge, we had a delicious dinner and the group had an active discussion about charity and its pros and cons. We are very excited for the activities coming up in these last few days!
–Michael Alcantar, Hannah Rhea, James Hofstadler, Amanda Hafen, Caroline Wolf