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-The Global Leadership Adventures HQ Team
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 18, 2021
Hola a todos (hello everyone)!
All Dominican Republic: Caribbean Service Adventure students have all safely arrived at our Home Base – Indalo Lodge – here in the Dominican Republic!
Today, we arrived and had the opportunity to reach out to our fellow students and learn more about them.
After dinner, we went over the Code of Conduct and how we can apply the ideas displayed in our everyday lives.
After a long talk about our own boundaries, the day wrapped up positively and the students all returned to their rooms for the night.
-Written by Diallah, Gabe and the GLA Team
While waiting for their arrival, our team has been enthusiastically preparing, carefully implementing all angles of safety, education, and cultural immersion.
Our staff looks forward to sharing our experiences with your students and are thrilled to provide them with such rich learning opportunities during our 10-day program!
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 19, 2021
Yesterday, we went to La Colonia to start building a house for a local family.
The woman we were building the home for is deaf and mute.
It is a very impoverished area, and the family does not receive money from the government for the woman’s disability.
We are building two houses on the family’s property.
We began working at 9:00 am by attaching chicken wire to the frame of the first house and finished by 3:00 pm.
During this time, we ate lunch and participated in team-bonding activities.
When we got back to Home Base, we took our swimming test.
After everyone passed, we enjoyed some free time in the pool.
After drying off, we walked to a local ice cream shop and enjoyed the sweet treat by the beach.
We walked back to Home Base, and it was time for dinner.
After dinner, we listened to a presentation about human security, and its importance to the world and specifically, this area.
The next day, we returned to La Colonia and worked on wiring the second house.
We had a great lunch and participated in more team-bonding exercises.
We returned to Home Base at 3:00 pm and had some free time.
Many of us returned to the ice cream shop because it was so delicious.
We walked back, enjoyed dinner, and at sunset, took a trip to the beach to play a few games.
Once we returned, we had some free time then went to bed after a long day!
-Rory, Hannah, Sydney and the GLA Team
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 20, 2021
Hi loved ones!
We just finished our first adventure day and had a wonderful day! Most of us rated the day a 5/5 in our evening dinner circle.
First of all, we got some great news today: we all received negative results for our COVID-19 tests!!!! We are so happy this means we can mingle more openly in our student group.
Today we enjoyed swimming in Dudu Lagoon and Grande beach and had even got to eat a yummy lunch at a restaurant. We saw more of the countryside in Dominican Republic and are wrapping up the night with a lecture from 7 Elements about the local economy.
Check out these awesome photos for now, more coming soon! Hugs from Sunny DR!
-The GLA Team
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 21, 2021
Today, we started off by going to Las Cuevas de Cabarete!
We learned about the effects of deforestation on the Dominican Republic, all while enjoying the local scenery. We planted seeds to help counteract the effects of deforestation.
After that, we took a guided walk through a nature monument to learn about local plant life.
We then went to our first cave, where we got helmets and flashlights. After a long descent, we got to jump off of a ledge into a deep pool of water. After we dried off, we went to a different cave to explore.
We then came back for lunch, and almost immediately went back to La Colonia, where we finished putting up chicken wire around the perimeter as part of our service project for the community.
We ended the day with an invigorating debate over development due to sporting complexes being built as part of our leadership learning exercises.
-By Wells, Abby and the GLA Team
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 22, 2021
Today, we had an optional sunrise walk on the beach. We came back early due to rain and then when everyone woke up we had breakfast.
After breakfast we got ready for our day at the new service site in La Grua. There we got to work on cementing floors while interacting with the local community (known as a Batey).
Community service today was epic and inspiring.
Lunch was special today because we got to have tacos! After finishing up we went back to the lodge for free time and dinner. Afterwards, we learned about climate change and its impacts during a group lecture.
To finish the night we played a few rounds of sardines and some of us even went for a late night swim!
By Juliana, Cassie and the GLA Team
P.S. As a special treat today for anyone checking out the blog, here are some photos of us hard at work at the service site!
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 25, 2021
Today we went on a hike up Mount Brison! Once we arrived at the top we ate lunch with the local family Doña Maxima. On our way up we experienced some rain, but that didn’t change our attitudes as we were all happy to be there, browsing for bracelets, bread, and juice from a local family halfway up the mountain.
On our trek up, we were surrounded by beautiful landscapes, grazing cows, and friendly local families who wouldn’t hesitate to say “hola” in our direction.
At the top, we arrived at a delicious home cooked meal prepared by Doña Maxima and got to know her as we practiced our Spanish. We asked about her lifestyle, questioning how she got her water and her source of transportation in Spanish.
Shortly after we got to her house, it started to rain, but we decided to play games and huddle together to keep warm and lighten the mood. As we headed down the mountain in the rain, we had fun connecting to home listening to music we all enjoy.
We ended the hike with the sun back out and happy to be dry and back on the bus.
When we got back to Home Base, we learned about security and the political conflicts between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Now this is a great place to end today’s blog post as we have to go meditate under the strawberry super full moon!
-Sydney, Xia and the GLA Team
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 27, 2021
This morning we woke up and ate breakfast before heading to Sosua. We took our second COVID test and we rate it 7/10 experience. We all tested negative, and we are very happy. We then drove to Sosua, a beach town full of lively music, shops, and food. We all got on a beautiful white boat and sailed together to a different part of the island. We got to snorkel which was full of laughs, memories and salt water in our mouths and noses.
We saw a variety of fish up close and got to experience what it is like to be a mermaid. The captain of the boat played music by the artist ‘Pop Smoke’ and it created a dance party. We jumped off the boat numerous amounts of times as small groups, praying we don’t slip off the slippery ledge.
Around noon, we had pizza and drinks on the beach with our sun burned, wet bodies. Also, we got to shop for items for our families, friends, and ourselves. We played “Chicken” and dodged the little fishes in the water for nipping at our feet. The scorching hot sun dried us off as we got on our bus and drove home.
We all took showers and played a meaningful game as a group. We got to learn about our own positives traits that we inflict on each other, anonymously. Lastly, we ate dinner and watched a documentary after about the positives and negatives of charities to foreign countries.
In conclusion, today was full of fun and reflection that we will always cherish.
By Winnie and Molly