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BLOG POST FOR JUNE 25, 2021
¡Bienvenidos a la Republica Dominicana!
Wow, are we excited to be together!
After some very long flights, our Semester of Service students have arrived safely to Indalo Lodge, where we will be staying for the summer.
We had a relaxed day playing cards and doing some swim tests.
We also got to enjoy this beautiful sunset!
We are looking forward to our two months together and can’t wait to share everything we learn with our friends and family back home.
-The GLA Team
BLOG POST FOR JUNE 27, 2021
It’s been a busy first few days!
After learning more about our big project for the semester, we got to check out the site where our project will be put.
We visited the small community of La Colonia, where we will be helping to plan, engineer, and construct a water system to give the uphill residents of the community access to clean water.
We got to talk with the locals in the community and hear about their thoughts about the water tank project. It was a great opportunity to learn about how development projects work in small communities like this one. There are so many factors to consider!
We got to return to La Colonia the next day to work with another group in constructing some homes. We put up chicken wire and are using old plastic bottles as a sustainable insulation for the walls. We made a lot of progress. We got to mix cement by hand and even use a hand saw to cut some wood.
Because we will be here for eight weeks, we will get to see these homes progress from the simple foundation, to the sturdy structure of a house.
Also, we got good news today – our COVID tests came back negative so we are able to hang out with another GLA group, too!
More to come!
-Semester of Service students and the GLA team
BLOG FOR JULY 1
Today the semester group went to Cabarete Caves to look at the freshwater and frogs. After a delicious lunch, the team went to La Colonia once again to assess how electricity could be implemented into the community and listen to various ideas from the locals.
BLOG FOR JULY 2
Today we headed out to La Colonia to continue work on our bottle house. We were able to get a whole wall finished and the project is coming along. After heading back to home base we did an hour long Spanish class before our dinner. After dinner we headed to the beach for a talk with Dave about non-governmental organizations. We learned a lot about the flaws in the system and what causes them.