To the incredible students of the Bali GHI 3 week, session one program:
I can’t believe how fast the time has flown since we parted ways at the airport! As a group you were so high energy and full of enthusiasm for everything that we did. From all of the excursions we did to the hot and sweaty days of service – we are so proud of the work you did this summer and the ways you pushed yourselves out of your comfort zones. I hope that you have continued to keep in touch with the friends you made in Bali and that you have been able to reflect on the lessons you learned in Bali. Never stop exploring and asking questions! I hope Bali was the beginnning (or continuation) of a life of exploration, adventure and service.
Let’s take some time to reflect back on some of the memories from this summer! Do you remember…
The craziness of the volcano erupting and spend the first day of the program spread out around the world in hotels and airports.
The Ubud amazing race! (Lauren’s team was the winner!)
Eating all our meals on the floor while in Ubud. Lots of fried rice and noodles!
Micah eating herself into a food coma at the mountain restaurant
Feeling like celebrities at the temple on the way to Singaraja
Beautful sunsets at Lovina – pizza on the beach, our sunset swim and looking at the bottom –
thinking it was shallow but it was actually 15 ft deep!
The magic of the bonfire we had at Anik’s on the 4th of July, dancing on the beach, singing at the top of our lungs and watching the fireworks.
All of the cute puppies and dogs!
Jumping into the cool, fresh water at the waterfall. Swimming to go under the waterfall and jumping into the white water! What a crazy feeling to have the water pounding on our faces.
Opening up during our step forward activity – realizing the experiences that make us unique and tie us together.
Dance parties with the kids at both the service sites.
During the children’s education workshop, Kate’s service group teaching the kids to scream
“spongebob squarepants” at the top of their lungs
Teaching the handwashing song – and the smiles on the faces of families who were truly grateful that you took the time to come into their homes and provide health checks.
Our Balinese medical student partners and all the hard work they put into helping us with our service.
Falling asleep and waking up to the sound of waves at our beach bungalows in Amed. Waking up at 6am to watch the sun rise over the ocean and swim. 🙂
Kajsa playing her fiddle for us around the bonfire.
Sumara’s personal mission to splash every single person in the whitewater rafting trip
PS – We went back to the community where you led the health education
workshops and many of the children asked about you and remembered your names!!! They
also sang the handwshing song you taught them to the new group of GLA students. It was
amazing to see the impact you had on them, and is something to be proud of.
All the GLA staff send our love to you all and hope you have a great year. Keep in touch, and know you always have a home in Bali to return to.
Sending love from around the world,
Allie, Kate, Lauren, Fira, Sumara and Eka