Day 2: Reflection

There are so many things and feelings here that I can’t even express in words. These people have almost nothing, but have more pride in what they do, and what they have…more than anyone I’ve every known. They are a community so close to each other, and so gentle, it just brings me feelings of comfort. Every stranger in the street says good morning to each other, even to people they don’t know. They are extremely hard workers, but run at their own pace. They are never in a rush like we are, and never seem to be very stressed out. Something that I love so far is that we are so emmerced in such a small community, that almost no one (minus our guide Steve) speaks any English. It’s not like when you go to Mexico and stay in a resort. Yes they all speak Spanish, but most of them all speak English as well, and it doesn’t challenge you to learn. I feel that if I stayed in a community like this, I could master the language in less than a month. My minor background in Spanish definitely helped today, but the leaps and bounds I feel that I’ve made just listening and trying to speak to them in one day, has helped me learn more than I ever could in the classroom in a month, and having this feeling makes me more inspired to go back and learn the language even more.
Tomorrow we’re spending the entire day building a secondary school for the children. So tune in tomorrow night, when I’ll have the next entry to the blog!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Theresa Saley
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 00:08:31

    Thank you so much for the wonderful updates. You are doing a terrific job keeping us all updated. It sounds like you are all having an amazing learning experience. I am so proud of all of you.
    Ma Saley

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  2. Bryant's Dad
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 03:16:07

    You are painting a wonderful picture of your experiences! Enjoy and keep up the good work. On the home front, the Badger game against K-State was awesome. Wish you could have been here.

    Bryant’s Dad

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  3. Lisa Hawes (Maddy's Mom)
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 12:59:43

    Maddy we are so proud of what you are doing down in Guaremala. It truly sounds like you all are having an experience that really could change your lives and the way you see our world. Keep up the good work and take care. We love you

    Maddy’s Mom

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  4. Annette (Mom) Larie
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 14:48:03

    You are doing such a great job describing their way of life. I have become a true Team Guatemala fan and look forward to your account each day.

    Isn’t it amazing how little it takes to be truly happy and satisfied? It is a lesson we would all do well to learn. I am most impressed that you noted their “pride”. Isn’t it amazing how one little word can be achieved in such different ways?

    Take good care!

    Annette Larie (Grant’s mom)

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  5. Lynn Kobes (Lindsey's Mom)
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 14:55:31

    Lindsey I am so proud of you! You are an amazing young lady, who is doing great things for other’s. It truly is a gift to be experiencing and learning new cultures. It’s so great to hear how everyone is so nice to one another and how it seems they appreciate the things they have, not what they don’t have. Enjoy and keep up the good work.
    Love you lots,
    Lindsey’s Mom

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  6. Martin
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 18:59:51

    Erica, I hope you are having unforgettable experiences this week, which I am sure you are. I miss you and can’t wait to hear from you. Continue to have a great time, but not too great (I want you to come back!!!!). Te amo Erica. Dios te bendice.
    Martin

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  7. Jake
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 21:03:00

    This sounds like a fantastic community. It’s great that you are learning so much! Keep it up 🙂

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  8. Rhiannon
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 04:51:21

    So glad I can keep up on what everyone is doing. Continue working and growing! Aloha, Rhiannon

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