Daily Archive for Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Don’t yuck someone’s yum

Today, Chase, Meredith, Taylor, Ashley and I spent the morning preparing goodie bags for the GMHC’s Wellness Day tomorrow. In celebration of National Nutrition Month, the GMHC is holding a conference for their clients. They’ll have acupuncture, yoga, stress management and cooking classes as well as a nutritious breakfast and lunch! The head nutritionist came in a told us how excited the clients are for tomorrow. We put together gift bags with a t-shirt, some body lotion and shampoo, and a granola bar.

The second half of the day was spent putting together safe sex kits. The two women leading the group covered a ton of new sex terms that are hip with the youth nowadays with only ones rule: we were in a judgement-free and could not yuck someone’s yum. The kits consisted of two female and male condoms, a dental dam, and flavored lube.





El fin

The mural is finished! After four days of painting, tracing, and more painting with the OYE scholars, the mural is complete. We finished as the second school session started, so before we left they shared their gratitude and said their thank yous in song. Some of us even teared up a little.. It was bittersweet leaving the school, but I am so excited that we leave with such a positive impact on the walls of this Honduran school.








Soccer day pt. 2

Hello. Im Allie, one of the sophomores of the group and I’m going to tell you about my experiences today! So first of all our day started out with two breakfasts. The owners of the hotel offered to cook us breakfast which we had thought was going to be tomorrow but was prepared today. We started out our day as usual with cereal and reflection by kevin and one of the ladys set up a table with food for who we thought were going to be business men that are also staying here. The food stayed out awhile with no one coming to get it and everyone was asking me to go ask the front desk if the food was for us. Wellll before I could do that the front desk attendant came and told us the breakfast was for us. So after our cereal and bananas we had some extra energy, that we would need today, by having some eggs, toast, ham, and juice. It was a great start to our long day.
So after such a delicious morning we went to the school to continue our mural. As we walk up to it ever morning it looks more and more amazing. The work the Gerald, the head artist of OYE, has done is amazing and the work each person of this trip has put into it is just as amazing. The mural is nearly done and a cool thing about today was I noticed we keep becoming more and more integrated with the scholars and continue to share our cultures and create lasting relationships with all of them. We’ve even gotten as far as Facebook friends. Crazy! So we got almost All of the mural done today and are finishing up tomorrow! We even have the university of Oshkosh logo started which is awesome! Another amazing thing at the school is not only are we making lasting relationships with the scholars, but the students that go to this school as well. Like yesterday we were walking back to the hotel and I heard someone yell “hola Allie” and it was a little girl from the school that had recognized me. I’ve also made a great connection with my Honduran best friend. Her name is Doris and she is a special Ed teacher that works with deaf students that live in el Progresso. She reminds me of my mom cleaning off my face and teaching me little things. She’s an all around amazing woman. So after painting we ate lunch and then went back to do more painting. From the school we left to go to the infamous soccer game.
I know Dan probably talked a lot about the soccer game but let me just say, I know why I played basketball and ran cross country in high school. Oscar who is one of my favorite OYE scholars picked our team which consisted of Angie, Carly, me, him, the guys named Mario. Needless to say we lost bad. But the experience was more important than the score.
Lastly, we came back and jumped into the pool with our clothes on, and then got ready for dinner. Sam grilled us chicken and tortillas, beans, Honduran cheese, and pico de gallo. Following dinner we had a guest speak about the corporate social responsibility of the businesses in Honduras. This was really interesting for me because the man speaking, Walter, was living my life, but in Honduras. He majored in marketing and works for an outsourcing company generating call leads. I am currently going for a major in marketing and just received an internship that generates call leads for j.j. Keller. But anyways Walter’s company KM2 is an outsourcing company that is extremely involved with OYE. They employ around 600 employees ages 18-24 and they have a program in which the employee can donate 1% of their income to OYE. Over 50% of their employees do so. They also hold resume builders and mock interviews to give OYE students a sense of business etiquette. The interesting thing is that KM2 is the exception. There are very few to almost no companies that integrate with non profits and the community in honduras. Matt reminded me that Morgan made a great point today saying “you don’t have to have a a degree in social responsibilities to have an impact on people” this is a quote that really applies to me and the future that I see for myself. Working for a company that gives back can really keep you grounded in a world such as business which is really money centered. This has been such an amazing experience so far and I have connected with people on more levels than I knew possible. Coming here has opened me to things that are unexplainable and experiences that are unforgettable. Thanks everyone for reading this novel. Until next time, Adios!


Already Day 5!

Today our day started around 8am with the tour of the Capitol building. The intern from Senator Ron Johnson’s office took us to the building and gave us passes so we could also see the House of Representatives and the Senate. We got to sit in the Senate and listen in for about half an hour. Sadly there was little Hong on and the few Senators we did see in there were not doing much. After we left the Capitol building some of us went to the Library of Congress and got to see some amazing books such as the first printed Bible. Our last stop was the Supreme Court. We were all so excited that we actually got to go in and see where it all happens. We were in there for about 30 minutes and got a mini lesson on how the court operates.

Around 2pm we made is back to the Father McKenna Center and got ready to prepare and serve the Peace Meal around 5pm. Many of us cooked and served the food until about 7pm. We served well over a hundred men, women, and children who are able to come for the meal every Wednesday. Here are some pictures of Chelsie and Nicole getting the food ready. Chelsie made the mashed potatoes and Nicole packed some trail mix into bags.



After dinner we spent some time with the now familiar faces that are at the shelter. Before bed we also had a reflection meeting where many said today was a hard day because we saw so many people at the shelter among which were children. Nonetheless, we felt like we made a difference no matter how small.

Until tomorrow,

A nature walk and the market!

So today we started off with a traditional Guatemalan breakfast of tortillas, fried eggs,refried beans and banana smoothies. We started off the morning with a nature/agriculture hike, it was very tiring. Our hike was led by Don Vidal and we hiked from San Juan del Obispo to San Migel. With a town in between. It was very dusty, and we learned a lot about different plants and flowers. A lot of farmers had their fields in the hills that we walked, this means that they might have to walk an hour or two in the dusty hot sun just to get to their work, and you thought your half an hour car commute was bad! Once we arrived back in San Miguel we walked back to our house, we only got lost un paquito. We then cleaned our filthy feet and walked to lunch at another farmer’s house. His name was Manuel and he had a very nice house. He also had a cat (which Rachel loved, but I did not, at all). Our lunch was chicken with a red sauce, and of course rice and coffee. es muy bien.

After lunch we headed to Antigua to go to the market! We started off with a scavenger hunt of bartering to get ingredients for dinner. My group was in charge of getting the main course of nachos. We were giving 50 quetzals to buy 12 ingredients. Our bartering didn’t go too well, they told us our economy is too good, and they couldn’t go any lower and a couple of people yelled at us, it was an experience. The group for guacamole and dessert did better, and we got all the ingredients, and dinner was So yummy. After that we had an hour to buy our own stuff and barter for ourselves. So if you are a close friend or family member of someone on this trip, you probably got something, everyone was shopping for everyone. It was awesome. I am so happy with what I got, I just wish I could have gotten more. The people in the artisan market were a lot nicer and would keep shouting lower numbers if you walked away, it was like nothing I have ever experienced before.

We then took the chicken bus back home. The chicken bus is the bus everyone takes, you sit three to a seat and it gets pretty crowded. It is called the chicken bus because people take whatever they need at the market on the bus, and people who sell chickens need to bring chickens.

We then came home to make our dinner. We made nachos with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and refried beans. We then could add our own toppings of sour cream, cheese, and mangos. Our drink was a pineapple and banana smoothie, everyone loved it. Dad I know you will be jealous of this, we had home made guacamole, you are supposed to leave the seed/pit in it so it keeps the green color instead of turning brown. Dessert was chocolate covered by plantanes. It was all so good and everyone is so full. After dinner we got our letters from all of the wonderful people supporting us. We all would like to say thank yo. Fr the support, we love you all. we are currently making collages to get to know each other better.

Tomorrow is construction day, it will be hard work and we will be very tired, wish us luck!

Love from Guatemala,


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