Gator Count:35

Today was our last full day in NOLA. we had a free day from volunteering and went on our bayou tour and to the zoo. During our tour we counted 35 gators around the boat. We even got to hold a little baby gator which was most of ours favorite part of the tour. 

Afterwards we went to lunch and then to the Audubon Zoo. We broke off into groups to explore the ginormous property. Our group member Jess has always had jumping into a fountain on her bucket list, and today she was able to fulfill that dream!! She was overly excited as seen in the last photo. We all got to see monkeys, snakes and MORE GATORS!!!! It was a full eventful day! 

We head back to (snowy) Wisconsin tomorrow. We are all so homered to be able to tell about all of the work we have done this week. Thank you to friends and family that have supported us throughout the whole process.  

            

 

A New York minute

Hi there everyone! This is Rachel!

We apologize for the blog silence the past few days. The YMCA we have been staying at has been having issues with their Internet connection!

We hhave spent the past few days volunteering and exploring the city. At GMHC we have been helping send out promotional materials for teams that have signed up for AIDS Walk New York/New Jersey. This includes putting team numbers on promotional cards and making posters and such. We have also had the opportunity to serve lunch to clients at GMHC. This also gave us the chance to eat lunch with them and talk with them. It struck some of us how normal the conversations were. Just chatting about weather, or places to eat. Their diagnosis doesn’t define them and they don’t let it. ¬†Yesterday we also helped to put together safer sex kits, which the organization gives out for free to clients, schools, churches, etc.

As far as city exploration, we have been lucky enough to visit so many sites around the city. We have seen the Jewish history museum, some went to Good Morning America, toured churches, visited Chinatown and Little Italy. It’s all blurring by so fast! Yesterday we walked on the High line, ¬†which is a former rail road that was converted to walking trails.

I believe I can speak for the group in saying that we have really learned that HIV truly has no “type”. It can affect anyone of any age, any race, any background. It isn’t always people who have engaged in what could be considered “risky behaviors”. Having the opportunity to listen to the stories of these people has been an incredible learning opportunity. These people are just like anyone and everyone else.

Today is our last day at GMHC and we are going to Broadway tonight!

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Day 5: Service and Salsaing

Last day of service work today! We spent all day working at a local school. Missy, Bailee, Sam, Allie, Teegan and the OYE scholars finished up the awesome mural. While Ashlee, Grace, Steph and Jayna presented a sustainablity presentation with help from Oscar and Marisella, complete with a reduce, reuse, recycle song. Don’t miss the awesome pictures of the day! Finishing these projects was just a stepping stone in the right direction for the OYE Scholars and the community of El Pregresso, Honduras. 

Our night consisted of a traditional Honduran meal (just kidding it was Chicken Fingers) and dancing with our new friends! Tonight was a realization of just how happy we all are individually and as a group for coming here and making a difference. 

Many tears were shed as we realize today was our last time working with OYE. What a blessing it has been to meet and work with such inspiring individuals. But we are thankful for our last day we get to spend at the beach with them all tomorrow. If one things for sure, we will miss you all dearly!

   

             

Team Member: Erica

Hi my name is Erica, a sophomore here at Oshkosh where I am a Kinesiology major and a Psychology minor.  I am also on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams here at school. So far, my favorite part of the trip was the time we spent working at the  Jefferson Parish animal shelter; especially playing with the puppies.  

   

Team Members: Brooke and Samantha

Our names are Brooke and Samantha. We are both juniors who have been roommates for the past few years. Brooke is a nursing major and I (Samantha) is an accounting and finance major. We have absolutely been enjoying our time in New Orleans. Our favorite part of this trip so far was clearing trees and brush at the Audobon Nature Center on Monday.  

 

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