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Volunteer in Santa Cruz...Part 2

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It’s 20.19h, 11 of August and only 4 days before we leave Sta Cruz. Only two more days to enjoy the company of the little ones and share “esas pequeñas cosas” (those little things) (exactly as the Catalan singer’s lyrics, or Lyly Allen’s – if I may give the English homonym example-).
It feels hard to sum up our experience here. While some of the volunteers left, by the end of the first week in Luz del Mundo, it was only Henrik, the American guy (Justin) and me left.
The guys who had been there before had not planned anything for the kids in terms of activities or games so they basically played with the kids. SInce everything was quite unorganized it was quite difficult to come up with the ideas: we were not given any instructions of what to do or what it would be good to set up for the kids…
The second week Nasseem and Dan joined us in Luz del Mundo. We immediately started to think that something had to be done: starting for the simplest and basic thing such as creating a portfolio with every kid’s file, and followed by creating a schedule for the kids with different activities.
We all agreed that we needed to do some teaching combined with games in order to stimulate very kid in a fun way. We did several brainstorming sessions and all came up quite good. We teach them Geography, International Culture, English, Dance, Science… and Saturdays were the funniest days as we would go out on the football pitch and play football until we got exhausted.
Some days have been hard, some others have been the best ones but the whole experience has been mostly enriching and fulfilling. The kids might be in an undesirable situation but they come to Luz del Mundo and they smile at you as if they were the happiest kids in the world and that, that is invaluable. That is indescribable! It has been the greatest pleasure to be part of their lives for to months. I’d like to say just a “see you kids or hasta luego”…I could never say an Adiós to them.
During our stay in Sta Cruz there’s also been time for travelling: the surroundings of Sta Cruz are stunning and, after a week in noisy and crammed Sta Cruz, it’s always nice to get out of the crowds to breath fresh air. Our first short trip was to Ginger’s Paradise: this little cute organic farm set in a wonderful landscape surrounded by mountains. The place was great, the people who lived and run the place weren’t. They were the least hospitable people we crossed in Sta Cruz. The guy, originally from Germany, was a combination of an asshole and a jerk: one would mix this two attributes together and would get this type of character , unpleasant and annoying to have around more than a minute.
But, anyways, you're always bounded to come across weird people while you travel. One learns from good and not so good people.

Here are pictures of our stay at Luz del Mundo and some other stuff...

Crafts class... Nas the expert on braclets were showing the kids how its done

Crafts class... Nas the expert on braclets were showing the kids how its done

The first dance class at Luz del Mundo

The first dance class at Luz del Mundo

Sience class in Luz del Mundo

Sience class in Luz del Mundo

Landscape close to Ginger's Paradise

Landscape close to Ginger's Paradise

Beeeees

Beeeees


Henrik by Ginger's Paradise entrance

Henrik by Ginger's Paradise entrance


Dan and Nasseem

Dan and Nasseem

Henrik playing with the kids

Henrik playing with the kids

Joel and Laura

Joel and Laura

Henrik and Anita

Henrik and Anita

Henrik touching the turtle

Henrik touching the turtle

We run into a turtle in the botanic park

We run into a turtle in the botanic park

Perezoso

Perezoso

Dancing class...hip hop coreography

Dancing class...hip hop coreography

Jumpy Bella

Jumpy Bella

Bella and Justin....Justin's leaving party

Bella and Justin....Justin's leaving party

Henrik, Franklin and Francine

Henrik, Franklin and Francine


Laura and Ruben

Laura and Ruben


The little Daniela and Maite

The little Daniela and Maite

Henrik and cute Daniela

Henrik and cute Daniela

The guys...the gang

The guys...the gang

Henrik joining at Limbo

Henrik joining at Limbo

Ms. flirt Polola and her little sister

Ms. flirt Polola and her little sister

Vladimir and Gabriela

Vladimir and Gabriela

Henrik and the doll Abigail

Henrik and the doll Abigail

Henrikillo posing up with Noelia

Henrikillo posing up with Noelia

Posted by hmontonen 07:29 Archived in Bolivia

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