From the Journal of: Kara
Today has officially been my favorite day here in Guatemala. So many memorable things happened that it overwhelmed me with happiness. I love working at the work site but I can’t say I missed having a full work day.
We started off our adventures by climbing hills, hiking through the Guatemalan forests that led us to Long Way Home’s first project, Parque Chimiya. Hiking in general relaxes me, but this specific hike today brought emotions I never thought possible. The view that was around us during the hike was something I never thought mi ojos would ever actually be able to see.
Also, I met my baby son today. His name is Carlos and my heart melted when I saw him at the school. Overall though, each one of those children truly blessed me and made my smile permanent for those few hours. It certainly is true what they say about love being a universal language because although we couldn’t understand each other verbally, we did emotionally.
From the Journal of: Kadine
Waking up in the morning just gets easier and easier. Although this morning was freezing, I still had the energy to get out of bed early in the morning for breakfast. Breakfast and lunch were good today. The whole day was a journey. Going through woods and cornfields was a challenge because you have to be very cautious about your surroundings. After traveling, we did a couple hours of work which was really dirty. Dirt went in my ears, nose, mouth, hair, everywhere possible. It was fun but hard work. We also went to go visit the Guatemalan kids. They were so nice and eager to see us. One kid that I really liked was Carlos. He gave me a hug as soon as he saw me. He was so friendly and seeing those kids made my day.
From the Journal of: Yvesha
August 10, 2011
The Best Day Ever!
Although I had no sleep tonight because last night was the coldest night since I have been here, I had the greatest day ever.
- I woke up this morning with a positive attitude.
- We walked ALL AROUND:
- The school site
- The hike to the park which was so much fun. I would have never thought that a hike would be as much fun.
- Then the park 🙂 I had fun on the seesaw with Erica and had a great time with my peers.
- Then hiked back down to the site where had a water break
- The school! OMG those kids made my day. They were adorable, cute, friendly, and FUN! It reminded me of my purpose and who I was doing all this for. Looking at their school made me sad to know that they learned in those conditions without many resources. I was inspired to do better at the work site, at school, and in life.
- Working at the school site was the best time ever because I pushed myself harder than I ever had. I was in every task I could. I challenged myself to stick to hammering the nails in the tires and wheeling the wheelbarrows. I loved today’s work and was strengthened by it because I wanted to do better for those children, myself, and everything the organization stood for.
I loved the part where Matt was playing his awesome playlist that he doesn’t know the names of the songs and when he said we were too valuable to be at the park tomorrow. That made me feel special.
Well I’m sooo tired and I’m out!
From the Journal of: Widly
ABSOLUTELY SUPER DUPER AMAZING DAY!!!
Where do I even begin? I completely enjoyed myself today. I did things I never thought I could do. I saw the cutest faces in the world and felt a sense of completion, hard work, and enthusiasm. Not one boring moment occurred but of course me being forgetful, I forgot my water bottle but managed not to die out of dehydration and exhaustion.
So today started off with a muddy hike in the woods and corn fields to get Long Way Home’s park called Parque Chimiya. It was absolutely beautiful. Me being clumsy, I have tripped many times but have not fallen. After the park, we went to visit the children in the school. They were absolutely adorable. When we came through the door, they bombarded us, giving us hugs and saying “Hola!” and smiling with missing teeth. These are the cutest kids I have ever seen. I played ball with them, took pictures, and played Frisbee. Seeing their faces smiling so hard warmed my heart. I felt very appreciated and loved by them even though they hardly know me. Leaving was the hardest. They didn’t want us to leave. They kept hugging us and this one girl cried because we were leaving. After leaving, we went to the worksite to work. Luckily, we had just two hours of hard work to put in that went by really fast. One task I did was tearing down a wall made out of cob and plaster. It made me feel strong and invincible. At the same time I was happy to do whatever I was told because after seeing those children I finally understood the big picture. This whole project of building Tecnico Maya is for them to get a better education that they currently lack. Many people have come from all over the world to participate in this life-changing opportunity. I am glad the Get Fresh Crew’s fingerprints are part of the construction and the soon-to-be success. I am so proud of myself, my friends, and my leaders who have worked so hard to get to this place to make an impact. When we finally see the completion of the school, it will be an absolute blessing for us, the children, and the millions of hands who partake in its success.