By six I am up, and accompanied by a student or two heading for the lake to reflect, the town to walk /talk/ and observe; men delivering the days cooking wood, women in traditional garb bringing maze to the grinders for the days tortillas, dogs, chickens, and the setting up of the market, with the smells of wood smoke, cooking tortillas, dried fish, and yesterday's leavings on the breeze, and the sun rising from behind the volcanos. Then back to the hotel to collect those still there ( easy wake ups this group!). All those volunteering with the mission eat together a mix of church basement -Guatemalan fare, no one is getting skinny. Our meal group includes; long term volunteers, a fourth year medical school group from West Virginia, Dr. From Amery WI, church group from Zumbrota MN, and one from Colorado. this will change daily. We take our turn at KP then head out to the job sites.
Two of us will accompany the doctors on rounds to remote villages ( See above blog for details/ observations), the rest will dig foundations for temporary shelters, build roads, reforestation, coffee processing and joys yet to be determined. lunch is back at the mission, then to a new site to help out and learn. The work day ends at 4:00- dinner at 6:00. Our free time is visiting with others at the mission, showering ( with mouths shut), shopping or just walking about. Nights are check ins, reflective journaling, board games, and raucous laughter.
I hope this provides a helpful background for the blogs posted by the students. CH
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