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March 31, 2018
We have arrived! Looking forward to the adventure ahead.
April 1, 2018
Today we went to a community named Caño Dulce. We were able to sand and paint walls of a bathroom. We also made cement to finish off the floor of the bathroom, which was needed to transform it into a useable bathroom for the community. We also got the opportunity to meet the family of the house. We got to interact with the children and the animals within the family. This was a great learning experience and helped to jumpstart spanish-learning for many.
Yesterday when everyone arrived, we were all sitting in an awkward circle and we didn’t really interact much. But as the night went on, we were all singing Disney and throwback songs!! Today, we helped each other out and if it wasn’t for the connection that we built, we probably wouldn’t have accomplished all of the work that we got done. Today is the second night and we feel like we’ve all known each other for so long! We can’t wait to see you guys back home, but with how things are going right now…we never wanna leave !!
April 2, 2018
Hey y’all! It’s your two southern bumpkins from North Carolina, Sara and Garret. We are all here just like two peas in pot learning together through helping the community. Today we went to Caño Dulce for the second day to help with the second coat of cement on the walls and the bathroom floor. This involved us making 9 cement patches. After we finished the hard work, we got a community tour. Lucky for us Johnny, a local bee keeper, showed us the town and let us try some of his fresh honey, which was so delicious. After day 3 we have all come together as one, and though we miss our family we never want to leave.
April 3, 2018
It’s Jessica and Lily and here’s a little update on our adventure:
Today we went to Sosua to snorkel and chill out on the beach. We ordered plenty of island drinks and ate a ton of pizza! Afterwards, we went shopping. Bracelets were in high demand! Finally, before going back to base camp, we stopped at Playa Alicia to body surf. We got PUMMELED! But we had a great time! We are so thankful for our families that let us go on this trip and can’t wait to tell you all about it!
April 4, 2018
Hi everyone! Bubbles and Brownie here (aka Charles and Browning)! Today we had the chance to follow the doctor of the Veragua community clinic. We learned that this clinic is an emergency room, pharmacy, and regular doctor’s office all in one. Plus, it’s totally free and is available to any individual who needs help. Later when we came back to the lodge, we had a pool party and the girls (and some of the boys) got their hairs braided by Rebecca, a local community member. We had a pretty chill day overall, which is a nice break from the mixing of cement. Tomorrow we’re going to run a medical brigade, take vitals, and treat patients!! Can’t wait 🙂
April 5, 2018
Hey, it’s your two favorite city gals (Clarice and Erick). Today we started off the day by having pancakes for desayuno. After that, we had vitals training with medical professional Javier, and departed to the community of Cano Dulce to set up the medical brigade. We all worked in different stations ranging from taking vitals to working in a pharmacy. After helping the community we came back to our home base to enjoy some delicious dinner.