After days of preparation, the Southridge students arrived in Tecpán yesterday afternoon. As we moved out, they moved in. We vacated our seven bedroom, three bathroom house so that they could all fit in. Greg, Dad, Tika, Bindi and I moved over to a beautiful little Mayan Art Gallery just a few blocks away and will stay here for the duration of the students’ visit.
We shared a meal of beans, rice, tortillas, guacamole and salsa last night. First lesson? These teenagers eat a ton! Next meal of tortillas will include 5 each!
This morning after breakfast we did a lunch making “class” as the students will form teams with the Saints boys to do all the lunch prep before work each day. We drove to the land; us in the truck and the crew in the bus. After a tour of the land and welcome at the Gathering Place, the crew got to work.
We were thrilled to hear from Daryl Weaver (Southridge Service & International Learning Coordinator) that our workers were the best he has seen in all his service trips. He said that they were amazingly patient when teaching the students. It was so amazing to see them all working so happily together and then to see such great progress.
From what I can tell, it looks like everyone is having a great time. After lunch, a bunch of the boys challenged our workers to a game of soccer. The dust was flying and the crowds (the rest of us) were cheering! What a blast!
This afternoon our Saints crew arrived and settled into their hotel. Tomorrow we will do their tour and orientation and then they’ll get to work. Stay tuned for lots of photos and stories!