January 20, 2015

Not much happened yesterday which is why I didn’t write an entry last night. Everyone was exhausted from the weekend so after volunteering we just hung out around the house and fell asleep early. I got a video from my mom last night of Kaelyn walking on her crutches which of course made me tear up. I am so proud of her.

Today was the first day at the orphanage that we had some of the kids in a classroom setting. We have been preparing materials throughout the past week and we had Emilia (the orphanage director) in the classroom with us. Having her there was definitely a huge help because she can speak both Spanish and some English so we didn’t have as much of a language barrier. We were in the classroom with the kids for the majority of the morning but we had a little bit of free time afterwards to play outside with them. Molly and I sat at one of the picnic tables but none of the kids were really outside. One of the older boys named Jason came over to talk to us. He had introduced himself to us in passing before but we never really talked to him besides that. We discovered that he knew enough English and we knew enough Spanish to easily communicate with each other. He told us he was 17 years old and has been at the orphanage since he was 11 years old. He said he doesn’t really have a lot of friends there but was really passionate about music. We found some songs that all of us knew and spent the next hour playing soccer and singing together.

This afternoon we had another dance class and I swear it just keeps getting better and better. It feels so good to break a sweat and have so much fun while doing it. One thing I am looking forward to when I get back home is getting back into my workout routine. This week has been going by so quickly, I don’t want my trip to end! It’s getting late…more tomorrow!

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