Today was our last full day here. We spent most of the day in Tela, which is a city located north of El Progreso on the coast. In the morning we went to the Botanical Gardens. The trees were huge! We tried some of the native fruits, which were muy deliciosa! The garden was founded by a man named Wilson Popeneo. The garden is about 17 kilometers, and is very eco friendly and supplies 7 neighboring communities with water.
In in the afternoon we went to the beach. Even though it was raining we still jumped in the ocean and swam for a bit. The water was warm and we wanted to soak up every second of our last day here. At night we went to a restaurant called Las Tejas. We ate traditional Honduran food which of course was amazing! Many of our friends from OYE joined us. After dinner we went to the Hotel Plaza Victoria where we had a goodbye dance party. It was bittersweet.
Tomorrow we are getting breakfast and heading to the airport. This has definitely been an experience of a life time. Thank you Honduras for all the amazing memories.
Day six in Honduras has taken us to new heights! We traveled for an hour and a half in the back of a pick up truck, up a mountain in the rain through the rainforest. Unfortunately we hit some really slippery spots covered in clay and rain, and had to get out and walk some way in order to get the truck up the mountain. It was an amazing experience, and once we reached the top, we were greeting by the family of an OYE scholar. The scholar’s father took us for a hike through the forest and introduced us to his coffee farm. The farm was on the side of the mountain, shaded by huge trees included Mahagony.
(Walking up the mountain)
We learned about the current struggle farmers are facing due to the invasive fungus that has significantly reduced the yield of coffee beans that are normally harvested. Even though these people are faced with these challenges, they still managed to provide us with a delicious meals and smiles throughout the misty day. The top of the mountain was full of fog, and while we didn’t get the typical immaculate view of the valley we still got a unique image of the mountain on a rainy and misty day.
To finish off the day, we returned to our service site to say our final goodbyes me and take some photos with the kids one last time. The mural on the building makes it look so much more kid friendly and provided the building with a sense of identity and uniqueness.
We only have one more day no while we are excited to be home we are so incredibly sad to leave the people we have gotten close to this week.
Today we worked on our services projects. Half of the group went out into another community to distribute vitamins and parasite medications, while the other half continued to work on the mural. We ate fried rice and watermelon for lunch. Eating watermelon in 90 degree weather definitely made us forget that it’s January and very snowy back home.
In the afternoon, we took the kids to a beautiful park called Alegria. It was awesome seeing the kids get so excited to play!
At night we went to the Railroad museum where we played soccer and ate delicious tamales!
All in all, today was excellente!
Today was an amazing day, filled with lots of sun, lots of paint, and delicious foods. Before the team split up, we toured a couple schools in the area near our volunteer site and experienced an environment much different from the way we learn for careers back in Oshkosh. The first school we attended provided student with trades skills, such as electrical, welding, and metal work in general.
We also explored one of the largest high schools in Honduras, and it was also the only high school with an olympic sized track, and school nurse.
We had our first bag of water that we bought from the concession on the high school campus.
To end the day we were lucky enough to enjoy a meal prepared by an OYE students mother. We sang and ate merrily through the night and were sent back to the hotel with high spirits and full stomachs. The alternative break group is very greatful for today!!
(Brian Palma, OYE scholar, blue and white striped shirt)
Hola amigos, today we went touring the city of El Progeso. Our first stop was at Rocio’s cafe and we all got our coffee fix in. La cafe es muy deliciosa! We saw a beautiful park and the government building. In the center of the park is a large clock, which symbolizes progress (El Progreso, the city of progress).
After touring the city, we listened to a presentation by a Honduran political activist named Hector. The presentation was very eye opening and included lots of information on the history of this beautiful country.
In the afternoon the group broke off into the two smaller groups for the service projects. The first group stayed at the clinic and worked on the mural outside the nutrition center. They also got to play with the kids. The second group went out into a community with the directors and some of the staff at the nutrition center to distribute the donations of tooth brushes and tooth paste, along with medicine for parasites and vitamins. It was quite apparent that there is a huge need for these items, and the experience was again very eye opening.
In the evening, a scholar from OYE and his family made an amazing Honduran meal of beans, eggs with tomatoes, and chicken all wrapped in a tortilla. After dinner, we listened to music and were taught different dances.
Tomorrow we will be visiting the high schools and touring more of the city in the morning, then in the afternoon we will be dividing into the two smaller groups and working on the service projects.