Andrea and Tea, mother and daughter, recently went to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia to serve together. Tea is just 14 years old, but what she saw, did, and learned in St. Lucia with her mother is a great testimony of how awesome a mother and daughter travel experience can be.
Our small but mighty group spent another day exploring and working with the people of St. Lucia. When my mom and I arrived here, we felt nothing but welcomed, allowing us to better enjoy and experience our work here.
The day started with a drive down to Anse La Raye where everybody parted their own ways to start their day. My mom and I were greeted with big hugs and SCREAMS, when we entered into our second day at the preschool. Now that they have remembered our names in just a short day, it seems as though the word “Auntie Téa” has been coming from every direction of the classroom. Especially since they’re learning how to spell, I get a sudden pull on my name tag every five minutes so they can spell out my name.
As per usual routine, or at least the last two days we’ve been here, the rising fives class went out for their Daily run, or rather sprint for some kids. When we arrived at the primary school we saw Anita and Karen, also part of the team, along with all the other students.
The preschoolers were cheered on by their older schoolmates as they lined up for their sprint. Here, I was able to see the sense of community and encouragement that is instilled in all of the students.
At around lunch time my mother and I, under the leadership of the Chem, the Country Manager, set out to see the town of Anse La Raye. We first walked over to the primary school where we witnessed their prayer time and explored the school. After this, we headed into the town to receive the proper tour. Here we saw the house Chem was born in, the RCP program where other volunteers work at, the infant school, the church and many more places! Having Chem as our wonderful tour guide, we were able to further expand our knowledge of the Saint Lucia community and their history.
The day ended with a lovely dinner overlooking the bay and the magnificent sunset where we all discussed about our days playing with the little ones, visiting the homes of young ones and their mothers, and teaching math to the students. This was certainly an unforgettable meal…