Daily Archive for Monday, March 24th, 2014

Shout outs Day 2!

Every night we are going to have 3 to 4 people give a quick “shout out” to home. We will be talking about our day or sending a quick “hi” to family members at home. This will give each team member a chance to share a quick story or send some love towards home!

 

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Katie helping children plant

Katie says:

Hi everyone! Day 2 is officially over and this experience has already been AMAZING! Today we were able to see the school that we will be working at and it makes me excited to start our projects with the kids. My favorite part of today was shoveling a hole for two little girls and being able to actually talk a little Spanish with them. I can’t wait for the week ahead, especially all this warm weather we’ve been having :)

See you all soon!

-Katie

P.S. Miss and Love you Mom and Dad!!!

 

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Sam dancing with Oscar

Sam says:

Hola Todos!

Absolutely loving everything that this country has offered us so far. It’s been amazing being here and meeting all of the people at OYE and in the community. The best part of the day was without a doubt the dance party that we had with the scholars during our break time at the river clean up. It was definitely one of the best memories I’ll have from this week. After today, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has to offer me!

Enjoy the cold weather, Wisconsin!

-Sam

PS: Hi mom. Still alive.

 

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Annie meeting a new friend

Annie says:

What an awesome experience in Honduras so far. I met tons of new friends and planted a tree today. I am a happy gal. Shoutout to my parents and family. My mom’s probably concerned like any mom to their child’s first overseas travel. Love you mom! I survived. I did get stuck in the bathroom for a good two minutes though. It’s hilarious.

XOXO. Sleep well <3

-Annie

 

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Stephanie sharing sunscreen

Stephanie says:

Hola Hola Hola! Hope everyone at home is doing well with cold cold Wisconsin. Currently it is 90 degrees here and boy am I sweating! I am loving this experience and am so very happy. There are so many things I am enjoying about the trip. One of the my favorite things was dancing with the students. I didn’t know hips could move like that haha I need to keep practicing! Another thing about the trip that I really like is that I get to use my Spanish all the time! No one else on the trip speaks much so I constantly get to translate and communicate.

Muchos Besos!

Stephanie

P.S. Shoutout to my lovely parents and my brothers! Also, shoutout to my friends currently road tripping! We’ll have lots of funny stories to exchange upon my return!

Day Two: River Clean-up and Reforestation

Everyone appreciated the night of sleep and we all had more of a spring in our step when we met for breakfast. We ate cereal and yogurt under the veranda by the pool and discussed our first impressions of Honduras. Then we set out on our walk to OYE.

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Walking to OYE

It took us just a few minutes walking to get there. We made our way through the streets and were quite surprised by the sights and smells. We walked past stands selling fresh fruits, clothes, and meat. The smell was overpowering. We had to be extra careful when crossing the streets because drivers are a bit more aggressive here.

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Hanging out at OYE

Once arriving at OYE we got an introduction about the programs they host. They host a radio program and have a little radio room in the back with microphones and switchboards. They have a student run magazine. They host sports tournaments. They also have an art program where the students learn different types of art methods. One of the most popular art program is painting beautiful murals. Many students they have at OYE are scholarship students. These students help create and run the programs.

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Participating in Icebreakers (Human Knot)

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Arroz con Pollo for lunch

Next we participated in some icebreakers to get to know some of the students. We started by doing a mind puzzle where there was a coin between matches that were placed in the shape of a cup. You had to move two matches to get the coin out of the cup but have the matches still be in a cup shape. Next we played a game where we split into two teams and each person had a number. Then we spread out around the room. The goal of the game was to get your team in line in numerical order and scoot on your bottoms to the door. Lastly, to learn names we played Bingo by filling in the spaces on the board with people’s names. After all these games we had lunch, which was some really great arroz con pollo.

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Planning projects

Next our group split into two to help plan some projects. One group worked on creating stencils for a mural that we would be painting. The other group helped to work on an educational campaign for elementary school students. The campaign focuses on recycling and the environment. It was hard to plan the campaign with the students because of the language barrier. We ended up drawing pictures of ideas and trying to piece things together using motions and broken language.

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Helping out at River Clean up

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After lunch we headed out to work on a river cleanup and reforestation project. We went to a school nearby and found that many students and community members were there with tools and shovels to help out. One of the community members gave a speech about the importance of reforestation and then we began to work. It was fun to see little kids hauling huge, full bags of trash and getting rid of it.

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Dancing with OYE scholars

After we picked up the trash we had a dance break. Boy, can the OYE scholar students dance! This was a really fun moment for all of us. A big group of children crowded around our dance circle and everyone was having a great time. We need to learn how to move our hips though! Some of us even got to do some bachata dancing with the students.

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Planting Trees

Next we grabbed some trees and found a spot to plant them. The soil was very dry and rocky so it was hard to dig holes. Mike did a lot of hole digging. He was able to help little children dig. Emily had a really precious moment when she was able to see a bunch of Honduran children wearing the work gloves she had brought over. It was nice to be able to work side by side with the community.

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Dinner at a scholar’s home

To end the night we went over to one scholar’s home and had dinner. The food was really good. We had tortillas that had cheese between them with a salsa on top. We also had really good watermelon. For dessert we had a special kind of fruit that looks like a great big grape and is soaked in a honey syrup. It was cool to see what a typical Honduran home was like. It was smaller than an American home. There was no carpeting and it lacked knickknacks. It was really cool to be able to go there.

All can agree that today was a great day! We look forward to another great day tomorrow. Hopefully tomorrow Mike will get his lost suitcase back!

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