Thursday, August 22, 2013

Extra special bonding time

Today we painted one wall of the outside and one wall of the inside of a classroom. We worked through our breakfast break but broke early for lunch, which was capped by delicious fried plantains with butter and cinnamon. The chipping off of the old paint before applying the new paint was the hardest of the work. The vapors in the small space were hard, too, but we had face masks we could wear. (The students did not, but thought we were funny to want ours.) 

Getting ready to paint! 

Scraping away

Karen sharing her expertise 

Profesor Jorge, Lena, Jen, and Justing on a painting mission 

We finished just in time before the rain swept in. The morning had been the prettiest weather of the week and there were gorgeous views of the water from the top of the hill where the classroom that we were painting perched. It was mesmerizing watching the fog roll in, bringing the rain with it.

The view from the classroom we painted in the morning 

The view in the afternoon 

Freshly painted! 

When the rain halted us, we played games and listened to music. There was greater comfort between the volunteers and students then, which was nice. After dinner we went to the snake tour and had crepes and prepared for the next day’s activities. As half the team is leaving, it was extra special bonding time, having the last night together. What a unique and amazing week, trip, and experience.

Entry submitted by: Jen  

Message of the Day – Jen: “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” – Abraham Lincoln  

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