I hope you have all adjusted smoothly to your life back home after your two week Dominican experience. Gabrielle, Erin and I miss you all very much and talk about you often. We wonder what has changed in your lives and what other adventures you might be getting yourselves into.
I just want to say that your energy was contagious! Everyone in Hotel El Quemaito remembers Group A as the group that carried the party with them. I love how you enjoyed every second of your experience, took it all in and had fun the whole time. That’s really what it is all about: learning and having fun in the process. From the moment you came down the bus dancing and singing “La Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee to Luke’s and Phinea’s last minute jokes at the airport, we were all laughing and smiling non-stop. I want to thank all that positivity that even during hard times (power outage the first day, sickness, exhaustion and heat) you brought out.
Very soon in the program I realized that you all have nurturing and caring souls with you as I watched you play baseball and duck, duck, goose with the kids at Cachón. Please keep growing that concern for others’ well-being and your love for community work. I was witness to the tears shed during Sarah’s Social Justice lecture and your conversations about the world’s inequities and the role you’ll play to change them. I see a leader in each one of you, some very quiet and observant whilst others more outspoken and extroverted. It’s beautiful to see such a wide array of colors and personalities!
I also admire your hard work in teams and individually, from mixing cement to doing research for Capstone projects. Under the sun and very strenuous circumstances, you gave your all and excelled at it.
I hope that you will continue to pursue your interest in Global Health and that your time in DR will stay with you as you embark on your next academic year and beyond. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Your director Giselle 🙂