|2 weeks into the trip and still smiling|
This will be my final post about my Global Glimpse trip to Nicaragua, not because I don’t want to share more, but because I know with the impending school year quickly approaching, other obligations will present themselves as greater priorities. With that said, the day before we left to return back to the U.S., we had the students create these journey maps that walked you through some of the highlights of their “Global Glimpse” journey. After the 5 students I was sitting with got done sharing their maps, they asked me where mine was. I was a touched but also unprepared. I didn’t think they’d want to know my story and therefore I hadn’t made one. Until now; it isn’t beautiful and artistic, (I didn’t draw it out like my students.) but it is my Global Glimpse journey all the same.
|Nicaragua, the beautiful|
5 most significant moments (from when I agreed to go- all the way to the present):
1. Deciding to go last August. I committed a year in advance and I can remember my excitement as I discussed the prospect of going on this trip with Eliza (the Executive Director of GG) on the phone as I sat on the windowsill in my kitchen. I never could have imagined then how powerful and incredible the trip would be, but I’m glad I agreed to the unknown only to have it turn out awesome!
|Discussion is the new multiple-choice|
|We actually walked around and practiced our Spanish after eating these.|
|The dream (leadership) team|
|Coconuts: practically celebratory.|
|Keeping a smile on your face is easy in a hammock.|
One of my students from WP, walked out of a nightly
|We all made it through somoto canyon despite the falls.|
Finally, there was a section of Somoto canyon that was particularly difficult for one of the girls. She kept falling and hurting her knee. About 100 meters from the end, she had fallen her last fall. “That’s it! I give up! I want to go home.” She cried. As the health coach, I soothed her tears and splinted her leg using my arms as me and one of the guides swam her to a boat. It was a 50 meter swim but I kept telling her she would be ok, she was tough; we were all going to get through it.
|Dona Francesca, an inspiring woman|
|Floating on a tube in Masaya Lagoon|
|Hiking through Somoto Canyon|
Greatest Lesson I learned:
If I am going to have a more positive outlook on life, I have to surround myself with positive people. Thanks Sarah and all of you awesome glimpsers!
|My students: one big explosion of positive energy!|
Greatest lesson learned about leadership:
Always be open and observant because there is always something to be learned from other people’s style of leading.
|Painting the Parc de Infantile for our Community Action Project|
One person that inspired me most:
|A new leader with different views?|
David Thompson, the founder of La Casita, a small café that provides homemade bread, jams, and yogurt with an outdoor eating space, a wide backyard with a playground for children, an organic garden, and a wood shop. What I admire about David is that he just did his thing with life and it grew organically (literally). He didn’t force it. He created something for himself and his family and demand grew unprovoked. Sharing your knowledge, your way of life, leads to a better more fulfilling life than out-competing others to succeed. These are the ideologies that David lives by. He believed that if you are just being a good person who is passionate about your own thing for yourself because you love it, the world will open its arms to you and naturally others will want what you have. Just be. Don’t force life to happen a certain way. Use what you’ve got and do what you love. I found this way of thinking to be very inspiring.
Ok, well that’s it. This experience was an incredible journey. One I will never forget and I hope to share another journey with students and Global Glimpse again soon!
|Milking a Cow at La Garnacha as my students look on my work.|