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Day 6 – Until We Meet Again

Good evening from Round the Bend! Today was such a wonderful day on the farm, everyone woke up late as a result of late night star gazing. Jorge, Sydney, and Celia started their day by helping Nate with concrete mixing and helping fill hexagonal shape frames for the cement. As for myself and the rest…

Final Preparations

Throughout our time together on this journey, we have learned about ourselves, each other, and ways to positively impact our environment. Today, we started the morning by eating pancakes and fruit to give us the energy necessary for the day. After our nutritious breakfast, we went to pick up our friend, Edgar, before we went…

Day Two: Round the Bend Farm

Hello from Dartmouth, Massachusetts!! Today was a day filled with fun, laughter, hard work, and support. We began the day by eating breakfast together, which consisted of delicious homemade bread. During breakfast, everyone talked and Jorge, the group leader of the day, shared the itinerary for today. The morning was peaceful as after breakfast we…

Expectations

The past 48 hours have been an extreme journey starting with the 3:45 am wake-up call on Sunday morning, which consisted of a four-hour flight to Dallas, a connecting flight to Houston, and then the last and final flight to Costa Rica. After a fog block and flying in circles for a good 45 minutes…

The struggle of waking up from a long day at the airport.

We saw our favorite parts of Panama; old city versus new city was the theme of the tour from our great guide, Carlos. It was interesting to see how we toured the new city in a van and the old one on foot. Kind of ironic. By van and foot, Carlos taught and explain to…

Serendipitous Encounter Leads to Dance Lessons

     Dancing with the ladies of the house, the sound of rain and laughter mixing together, I felt a sense of joy and belonging that I hadn’t felt anywhere else. I wasn’t feeling great during our day in the monkey temple and going around the city, but my spirits and health really lifted during dinner,…

On the Road Again…to Sellari

The idea that comes to mind when i think of today is, it’s not about the destination, it is about the journey. The drive to the Arhaus Children’s Home from Kathmandu was very long but the views the whole drive were amazing! There were so many bridges from one side of the river to the…

First Day in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal Today was our group’s first day in Nepal. We were all pretty jet lagged, but we did visit Boudhanath Stupa. We also went over some norms for our group. First impression of Nepal is that it’s really rich with culture—a culture that’s a lot different than what we’re used to. The main religions…

Good Morning, Nepal

The crew is working their way through customs to an awaiting Sonam. What a treat! Time for breakfast!

Emotional Ties

20 June 2022 Yet another fantastic day filled with many amazing experiences here in Panama! We kicked it off with lesson planning for the remainder of our days at the community centers and a very informational meeting with The Sea Turtle Man. With the information he shared with us, we all gained greater respect and…

Mid-Point

18 June 2022 We are just over a week into our trip and honestly has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have tried so many new things, and have made so many new strong bonds with the kids in the group, and community centers. Today we went snorkeling and it was…

The Environmental Context

Today was great as we got to experience the Smithsonian research institute station in Bocas town. The facility was not was I had in mind. It was a big marine biology laboratory. There was heavy security all around the buildings. The institute was very open with a lot of outdoor work and labs. We saw…

Immersed in Community

16 June 2022 As we are approaching the halfway mark of our trip, Panama is starting to feel like home. I have gotten to know each and every one of the members in my group and the communities are always welcoming us with open arms. Taking a 20-minute boat ride to Cristobal and teaching and…

Embracing Diversity

Bocas del Toro is not a place with one kind of people; there are so many islands and not a single one is the same. We have had the opportunity to visit the islands San Cristobal, Bocas de Toro (the main island), and Bastimentos. We are currently staying at the island Bastimentos. At first I…

Learning, Connections, Impact

14 June 2022 Another memorable and one-of-a-kind day in Panamá! I believe I speak for us all in saying that every moment of this trip has presented us with invaluable learning experiences and connections to people with different backgrounds, lives, and perspectives. Additionally, we have been pushed out of our comfort zones and have learned…

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