To my dear 21/28 day Champions!
We did it! I really enjoyed our third week together as a smaller team. You were all such troopers when we switched home bases, went on multiple hikes, and managed tons of tiny humans at the English Camps. You all taught me so much and Chris taught us all about some of the worst ways to die. We are the pioneers of a new GLA program and your commitment to learning the French Language and growing in your capacity as leaders was inspiring. I know the days were humid and the work wasn’t easy but you dug in deep during week three.
Olivia gave us all insights about the homestay experience while Aylin kept us laughing with her hilarious word swaps “I have a conclusion!”. Pierce entertained Sergey with lots of Bo Burnham songs and Sergey taught some of you how to play the ukulele! Talyne was a constant source of positivity. Madison was the book plug and a source of wisdom. Sophie rallied after that rough bus ride and Sarah led the way on our hiking adventures.
You all contributed various strengths to the program and were willing to learn from those around you. I personally enjoyed watching you interact with local teens at the language exchange and loved cheering you on when the days were long. Never doubt that you made a difference in the lives of the children you worked with and the family you supported with your help at the garden. The impact of your service will be felt and appreciated for years to come.
I hope you look back on your time in Guadeloupe fondly and remember the lessons you learned. Keep challenging yourself to grow as leaders and as humans. After our discussion on race relations I have a renewed sense of hope for our future. Do your best to inspire those around you to see leadership opportunities, challenge the system, and make a difference in their communities.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead (cultural anthropologist)
I will never forget our time together.