Hello first ever GLA Philippines group!!
We hope that the end of our GLA adventure was the beginning of many more and that you have each been seeking new challenges, making new connections, and continued being the open, compassionate, and caring individuals that we know you are.
In the spirit of remembering, let’s take a moment and flash back to….
that first day you stepped off the plane, nervously searching for other GLAers.
The first impressions that we made on Day 1 and how different they looked by Day 14.
The name game during orientation and how some names stuck until the end.
Our first group activity in the Intramuros bike ride, and how everyone was looking out for each other and made sure everyone was included.
Dancing at the cultural show, dancing at the IP cultural talk, and the dance party at Claret 🙂
Sitting on the floor in the conference room sketching out lesson plans, brainstorming games, and trying to draw Lola’s hair in our first experience with “teamwork makes the dream work” as everyone collaborated to make their lesson plans amazing.
The openness as everyone dove into the boodle lunch with their bare hands.
The classrooms at Claret elementary school, where you opened your hearts so wide, innovated, and adapted to give those kids an experience they’re probably still talking about.
Trying to get the hang of Bahay Kubo and Siopao, Siomai, Suman and the kids giggling their heads off.
Exceeding expectations at the Philippine Toy Library and finally breaking the ice about the big “C”!
Using your bargaining skills at the market.
Finding that line, time and time again!
encouraging each other to make it to the top of the Lake Taal hike and being water monsters 🙂
Working together to build the bamboo rafts and swimming in gorgeous Lake Pandin.
And finally, the moment on the 22nd floor of an office building when we opened our hearts once again and shared without reservations what we love and appreciate about each other.
We hope that as time has passed, the feelings and personal growth have not faded. We trust that you have taken what you learned and adapted it to your home context, being the person that you want to be, helping others, being inclusive, challenging assumptions, conquering your Little Hater, being vulnerable, and building people up.
As we remember those amazing times, we hope you have stayed connected and not lost that beautiful support system that we built. And if you have lost touch, reach out! Take out your Big Love sheet and soak up the feeling of having friends all around the world who care about you.
Also remember the impact that you had on the children, the community members, and especially on each other. Recognize the power of that impact and keep reaching out to impact even more.
And finally, take a moment to remember that you are a conqueror. You took on the challenge of traveling across the planet and taking part in a life-changing journey. If you are conquered that challenge, you can conquer so many more.
Big hugs to all,
Leanne and Steph