The children are adorable

After a night of unsettled sleep, we met up with Maggie for breakfast at the hotel. Maggie preps us for our first day as volunteers. Maggie starts the morning meeting with an inspiring quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Glenn will present tomorrow’s Message of the Day.

Packing for this day was a challenge as I was not sure what to expect even though Maggie informed us as much as she could. I decided to play it safe and packed a full bag of items including food, a jacket, tissues, and water. Hopefully I can pare that down tomorrow.

Fabián collected us at the hotel and proceeded to Calderón. Because it was the first day, we went to Center #2 to see their facility and see some of the work that has been done by previous groups.

We then walked 15 minutes to Center #1. After a tour, Maggie assigned us to classrooms. I started with Tía Gaby and two-year-olds. Activities included working with blocks and interlocking toys, eating bananas, taking bathroom breaks, hand washing, and putting on shoes.

Lunch at the center was soup, popcorn, rice, and noodles, with juice to drink. Today I mostly observed to learn the procedure. Quite an event.


Gloria helping with lunch

I was not a fan of the regimen attached to this meal. A child would be punished if all the food was not eaten. And there was a lot of food for these small tummies. Overall I enjoyed the children. They were adorable and I can’t wait to get to know them better.

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Gloria, Glenn, and Shereen going to lunch in Calderón


Shereen helping to feed the babies

P.S. I also learned my colors and animals in Spanish.

Entry submitted by: Gloria


Children eating watermelon

Message for the Day – Maggie Bjorklund: “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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