Starting to Form Bonds with the Kids


Today was our second day serving the beautiful children of Calderón. First, we ate a yummy breakfast in order to prepare ourselves for the fun day ahead. We then had our team meeting where Rowhan read his journal entry and Amelia gave us the message of the day, “We cannot all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.” We kept this message in mind as we traveled to the daycare. When we arrived, we were greeted with sweet faces and warm “holas”. Each of us got to work right away. Eloise, Lily, and Kirsten played and fed the two-year-olds. The two chicas got many goodbye hugs from the kids. Tom and Katie went outside with Tía Elizabeth’s two-year-olds. They helped the kids glue grass to a piece of paper that had an outline of a leaf drawn on it. The purpose of this was to study the color green. They also cut grass to practice fine motor skills and read a book called Legend of Gardens. Martin and Mia painted and played outside with the three-year-olds. I had the pleasure to see them at work and, oh boy, they make the kids happy! Anne and Laurie introduced a parachute to the kids! They had a blast! Sarah and Caitlin played with Tía Anita’s kids. They love to go down the slide! They say, “Uno, dos, tres, wee!” I don’t know the Spanish word for “wee”! Juliann and Amelia played with the babies and had a conversation with one of the interns. Julia and Manning danced with the kids and changed a lot of diapers! The painting is coming along today! Kay and Michael are doing great! Monday was wonderful, but today was especially special. We are starting to form bonds with the kids and we are also teaching conversational English to the tías! We ended the day with a team bonding session at T.G.I. Fridays. We are excited to continue to meet our team goals in order to better the lives of the people of Calderón.

Entry submitted by: Caitlin

Message for the Day – Amelia: “We cannot all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa



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