Fond Farewells – Final Glimpses of Our Beautiful City of Monopoli.
Everything was happening for the last time – last class, last lunch, last time to shop, but more importantly the last time to feel the soul and spirit of Italy. But, along with the sadness came the joy of knowing we made a difference. Yes, we touched the lives of the students and the local people and they touched our hearts and left us with unforgettable memories.
Yes, it was a stupendous day for all the volunteers. Bud Philbrook, co founder & CEO of Global Volunteers was with us and he also had a stupendous day. First came a visit to the Liceo and then on to a visit with the Monopoli mayor, Emilio Romani
Together with students and Liceo presidente, Martino Cazzorla, Mr. Philbrook met with city officials and presented the United States flag. In turn, Mayor Romani presented Mr. Philbrook with a hand made red and blue boat, which is the symbol of Monopoli.
Following lunch with volunteers at an authentic Puglian restaurant, Osteria Perrucci and a terrific photo op, Mr. Philbrook met with president and founder of Solidarietà Missionaria at San Francesco da Paola church, where they discussed common interests of both organizations.
The eventful day culminated with a final celebration recognizing Global Volunteers 20 years of teaching conversational English in Italy. There were congratulatory comments, good food, and “Dancing by Dan” with his rendition of the pizzica, the local Puglian folk dance.
YES IT WAS A STUPENDOUS DAY!