First Day of Service at CASEM

This was the first day of service for Team #226 and we went out in full force. We started with a tour of CASEM and saw the wide variety of handmade crafts – very impressive. Our morning duties were wood relocation and gardening. Pablo took the lead and Sally and Nicole were efficiently bringing the outside wood to Pablo for storage. They received task instruction and Spanish lessons from the magnificent Sofía. Gardening was done by Alicia, Randy, Josh, and myself. Randy and Josh became machete experts. With excellent speed, we finished both tasks before lunch. The difference in appearance was outstanding.


Coffee break with the women of CASEM


The CASEM store

Lunch was delicioso, but Maggie would not let us drink the juice for our own good! (She checked and it had not been made with bottled water but instead from the tap water that everyone here drinks.) After lunch we started cleaning the outside walls of the store to prep for painting. Walls were cleaned several times with a hose and brushed. We were pleasantly surprised with an afternoon tea and café break.

By the end of the day we completed washing the entire building. It looked wonderful. Josh, Randy, and Paul were able to get in a short soccer game. We also helped with t-shirt tie dye prep. Alicia was our instructor. If anything goes wrong, blame her. In the evening Maggie gave us extensive Spanish lessons. We are not sure whether we learned, but the people in the room next to us can now speak perfect Costa Rican Spanish. To sum up the day, we worked hard and had a wonderful time with the people of CASEM.

Entry submitted by: Kaye

Message of the Day – Maggie: “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

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