Waited Five Months for This!


The existing murals

Team Journal Entry from Monday, January 26

Day 1

I have waited five months for the day to arrive to see my “children” and with great anticipation it has come today. After our morning rituals with the Global Volunteer Team Leader, Maggie, our team arrives promptly at the FUNDAC daycare center and introductions are made with great fanfare. We look at our notes and proudly rattle off our individual information and proceed to be shown the center and all it has to offer.

Liz, Roberto, and Pam are on daycare childcare duties and Mark and I head out to the mural wall and start accessing the task for repainting the wall. Soon we are happy to have the three helpers start sanding alongside us.


Nap time!

As the supplies keep coming, we keep working. Finally we can start the painting process. Slowly but surely we tackle the hardest part of the project – the trim work. Tidiest but important to how the project with look in the end.

Meanwhile, our compadres are busy assisting the tías in their daily routines of teaching, feeding, and loving the children of the center.

We are grateful for lunch time to arrive along with an opportunity to hear team members’ perspectives of the day! We enjoy our down time!

We return to find the little munchkins still asleep so we busy ourselves with other tasks at hand.

Roberto playing with the children in Tía Gaby's room

Roberto playing with the children in Tía Gaby’s room

Later we establish that our additional volunteer commitment would come tomorrow so in the spirit of being flexible, we move on to other activities.

Later with conversational English being taught by Pam, Liz, and Roberto; Mark and I clean up and organize for the work at hand tomorrow.

Then 4:30 arrives and we are all grateful to hop in our transportation back to the hotel for a little R & R.

Entry submitted by: Dee Dee

Message of 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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