Day 5 – Construction

One of our many caretakers. This man and his family kindly let us stay at their home. Here he is HANDMAKING tools out of wood. Just goes to show resourceful and talented he is!

So I actually didn’t have time to write anything for this day in my journal! I think this speaks to how great of a day it was 🙂

We spent the day half working on the construction of a kitchen at the local elementary school in Bueno Vista and half teaching English lessons. Two things I learnt: 1) I’m no good at construction. and 2) an 11 person tickle fight is both hilariously funny and frightening at the same time. 

By the time we arrived back at the homestay for dinner, we were all famished! Those of us who had snacks, brought out our stored secret stashes to stave the hunger. But the mere sight of food brought out the savages in us. The next thing I knew, we were climbing over each other, jumping on each others’ backs, and reaching with arms and legs everywhere just to get food. The more agile ones of the group (I’m talking bout you Kyle!) were swiftly taking food out of others’ hands. No food was safe from any predator, which in this case were 13 starved university students! In the end we all got some good laughs at how crazy we were acting. I mentioned that it reminded me a lot of Lord of the Flies because our innate instincts to do whatever it takes to survive showed us a different (uglier) side of ourselves. Now, we fondly recall this moment as our “Lord of the Flies Moment”. 

At the end of the day after our dinner, someone  decided that it would be funny to assign animal characters to everyone in the group based on their personality. The hilarity of us trying to justify how a certain animal fits into someone’s character got me laughing until my (fl)abs ached! It was probably the first time I’ve ever been compared to a pufferfish… for reasons I have yet to understand. 

8:00 am – breakfast at our homestay 
8:30 am – arrive at Bueno Vista, first day of construction, plastering walls, mixing cementing, and painting   
1:30 pm – lunch 
2:30 pm – back to Bueno Vista to teach English via interactive games, got attacked by a lot (like a lot) of kids in a tickle fight. It was like me against 10. 
6:30 pm – dinner back at homestay
8:30 pm – shower relay race and deep talks into the middle of the night


it doesn’t look like much but I was actually quite high up and it scared the bajeezes outta me
outside of the kitchen. the school has decided to paint it red and white in honor of their Canadian volunteers 🙂
plastering is waaaay harder than it looks. arm workout of the YEAR
Play time! Meet Juan Jose and Juan Jose. Those two boys are some of the sweetest kids you’ll ever come across.
Ashley aka the Boss.   P.S: I need to work on my selfie skills
I was plastering away then Yedrin, this sweet little guy, grabbed me by the hand and took me away from all the cement to get my hair did!
That’s Yedrin right there on the right. Isn’t he a cutie? He had a massive crush on the girl with the blue headband *teehee*
I swear he had a great time taking pictures with me!

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