We hope everyone’s school year has started off well! Can you believe it’s been so long since we were all together in Guadeloupe? We can still remember those early mornings, eating french baguettes and appreciating the view from our hostel. We hope you are still practicing your French and that you are proud of the work that you did in Guadeloupe.
Madame Sylvestre was delighted at all of the progress we made cleaning up and repairing the family garden. Likewise, so many local children have happy memories of learning English and playing games with all of you. Most importantly, you carry newfound knowledge with you now that will impact your communities for the rest of your life. We learned so much about our environment during our last week on the island, from the lasting impact of plastic to the beach pollution caused by deforestation.
Your French teachers saw what hard-working students you are and hope you will continue on your path to learn French. We will always remember the fun weekend we spent together zip lining, hiking to the third Carbet waterfall, and snorkeling at Bouillante/Reserve Cousteau as France won the World Cup! Each of you pushed out of your comfort zones and grew so much on this program. We are so proud of each of you!
You each made a lasting impact on us and on one another, and we will always remember your unique personalities and what each one of you brought to the program.
A few memories we will never forget:
-George’s great dance moves helping us warm up for service or wind down after mentor groups.
-Using a rope to repel down a rock wall to see the beautiful 3rd Carbet Waterfall.
-Cheering on Les Bleus at a beachside restaurant as France claimed their first World Cup victory in twenty years!
-Finding delicious crepes, ice cream and artisanal trinkets at local markets.
-Oli’s bravery when he was bitten by a centipede!
-Coming together as a group for the Appreciation Circle on our last night in Guadeloupe.
Libby et Aarti