It was another eventful and rewarding day for the Global Volunteers. Anne shared our Message of the Day, Gandhi’s words: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” With that in mind, we headed out to the center. The groups decided to stay with the tías that they had worked with the previous day. We have started to build a bond with those children and tías and are beginning to feel more at home in the classrooms. This was also the first day that we brought our cameras into the classroom and many pictures of smiling and sleeping children were taken. The outdoor crew was hoping to paint the entry wall and some creative mechanical and electrical work was done to try to achieve that goal, but it was not meant to be. They did, however, get a great start on whitewashing the other outer wall. During the break time, the kids were having so much fun with the soccer ball that it busted right open. That led to some unique new hats. We also witnessed something exciting and unusual outside of the center walls. Lots of dried corns husks from the corn field next door were caught up in a swirling whirlwind, or as we called it, a “cornado”.
In the evening many members of our group went on a tour to see the Old Town. Our bus driver bravely drove through the narrow streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site so we could see the presidential palace; La Compañía, a church whose interior is covered in gold; and the statue of the winged virgin. We finished our night with some tasty local drinks and empanadas, and wondered what new adventures would await us tomorrow.
Entry submitted by: Sarah
Message of the Day – Anne: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi