Written by Claire Mansoor ’18 and Katie Mele ’18 to recount Thursday, June 15, 2017:
We began our morning at 5:45 with the highly anticipated hike to La Peña de Cruz. We took some amazing pictures on the 1000 steps up and took in the breath-taking views at the cross itself. We arrived back to the house with our legs shaking at 8:00 to eat a breakfast of French toast, hard boiled eggs, and cantaloupe. After rushing to finish breakfast on time, we prepared our supplies for our last day of teaching and headed out the door to the church (camp) for our morning session. With only about 4-5 kids per station, the morning session was manageable as usual. We played games, sang songs, and did activities with the kids until the 2 hours quickly wrapped up. Then we headed home to eat a lunch of mashed potatoes and grilled chicken and headed out to go grab some smoothies and souvenirs. We then walked to our last 2 hours of teaching and tried to savor every last bit of it until 4:00 came around and we said our last goodbyes. At 4:00, we had to rush tables back to the learning center and then come back to the volunteer house so we could walk to Soppexcca, a local coffee shop and co-op, to buy some coffee and take a tour. We learned all about the process of taste testing and rating coffee on various criteria, and even got to try it out ourselves. After a dinner of mac ‘n cheese and toast, we went out one last time and walked around town. We are all looking forward to our culture day tomorrow and are incredibly thankful we had the opportunity to teach such awesome kids!