Time Capsule Letter
Time goes so fast! We cannot quite believe it has been so long since our amazing week in the Dominican Republic ended. Me and Junior wanted to say hello, and remind you of your lasting impact here in our communities.
We have fond memories of waking up to the smells of pancakes and the loud squawks of the neighbouring goats and chickens. Of heading on our way to work sites and hospital visits to the sounds of merengue and bachata, passing past the palm trees, wandering cows in the glorious sunshine. Of teaching each other dance moves, swapping stories about homelife and fussing over Ernie and Oscar. And of course the adventure days, the beautiful waters, delicious fresh virgin pina coladas and white sandy beaches.
We know that you guys are probably back with school, but we wanted you to know that we will forever remember the laughs and good times that we shared. I hope that you know your time spent in the Dominican Republic did truly make a positive impact in Polanco, La Tierra and Las Canas.
You will forever be a part of the work done at Las Canas, you guys nearly completely finished the hard work in building a bathroom for Alejandro and his family. Having access to a bathroom is so integral to overall health, access to sanitation and dignity. The local children will always remember that Sunday they spend helping you all hammer in nails and collect bottles for the walls. Our vitamin distribution in Polanco was a huge success, we got to give integral supplements to 48 children and elderly community members. Not only that, you all go down in history as one of the most successful and the FIRST medical brigade the community La Tierra ! Well done guys! Thank YOU for all your effort and hard work.
We hope that you take the skills and knowledge from this trip into all aspects of your life, and that you remain to be globally engaged, hardworking and motivated to make a difference to the wellbeing of people all over the world. We loved hearing about all of your stories, hopes and dreams, and really do hope to see you here again one day.
Not to mention the hard work you guys did, we also had so much fun! You guys made the group as special as it was by being so close knit and inclusive.
You were a superstars throughout the entire program, your comments and questions during reflection time were impressive. Keep expressing yourself and those bright thought you have.
You were amazing! Please stay connected!
Hilary and Junior
Saturday March 30, 2019
The first day of this truly life changing experience opened our groups eyes more ways than we ever thought imaginable. Allowing everyone to engage in building a newly structured bottle house, eating new exotic foods, and successfully passing our swim tests made for one awesome day! We woke up for breakfast at 8:15 before leaving for our 20 minute walk through the rural community which we worked in.
Tuesday April 2, 2019
Wednesday April 3, 2019
We have just ended day 6 of our adventure abroad! This morning, we woke up and ate an awesome breakfast consisting of: eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, and fresh fruit. Then, we went to a local community to setup the medical brigade for locals to come and receive necessary medications and vitamins. We literally operated a hospital on our own! We had different sections of the brigade, including registration, vitals, interviews, doctor shadowing, pharmacy help, and data input.
After eating dinner around 7 PM, Hilary explained how we are able to stay involved with GLA, different volunteering opportunities, and what it means to be a global citizen. Each day we learn something new from our experiences and our leaders! We love this tropical island and don’t want to leave!
We all had non alcoholic pina coladas in pineapples while we soaked in the natural beauty of the beach. When we got back to the lodge, we went to the beach again and watched the sunset as we said our final goodbyes to the ocean. We then gave out our paper plate rewards, personalized for each student and our amazing mentors. We finished off the night by stargazing by the pool. Our final goodbyes tomorrow will be hard, but the amazing memories from this trip will last forever.
Olivia and Sarah