“Service learning involves everyone flipping the switch from a duty to serve to the desire to serve.” - Noah Hastings Yesterday was yet another exciting day here in Oaxaca. One of the tasks we were given at the beginning of the week was to package the rice, sugar, salt, and soap for the despensa in a few weeks. The despensa, which is an incredible experience, is a food distribution that Simply Smiles does for the Zapotec Indians in the jungles of Oaxaca every six or so weeks. We flew through the rice, sugar, and salt, but we were struggling to get all the soap done in time. Chloe, the freshman we kidnapped from Hotchkiss, had the brilliant idea of racing to see which team could bag ten of the giant bags of soap the fastest. The winning team got shower priority and supposedly didn’t have to go to classes on Monday (a questionable offer from Rev T). The winning team, Team 2, finished ten bags in under 33 minutes. It was insane! Word to the wise: always harness the competitive nature of teenagers.
We speak on behalf of everyone when we say that going to the park was one of the highlights of the week. We played an intense game of soccer, mexicanos vs. Choaties. Needless to say, we got our butts kicked. But the best part of the game was our ability to play it together. There was no language or cultural barrier in the soccer game, the equally intense basketball game, or the crafts that Ms. Jewett brought. The one sound that resounded throughout the park and truly brought us all together was laughter. Age didn’t matter; race didn’t matter, and where we came from didn’t matter. The only thing that mattered was that we were all laughing together.
We truly hope reading this blog throughout the week has inspired you to make a change in your community. Whether you brave the storm and join us in Oaxaca or donate canned food to a food bank in your area, we hope the switch flips for you as it has for all of us. Do something amazing today!
- Team 5 (Caroline, Sophie, Riley, Shifaa)