March 13, 2015

Day 2

HDCH Choir HANDS Team:

Day two brought even more activity. After a delicious breakfast, we headed down to Emmanuel Christian School for the first day of our music camp.

There, we met up with our new friends from the day before, where we did vocal warm-ups, then split into two groups: Canadian students and Dominican students, where we each practiced our own individual pieces that we later performed for each other. It was so cool hearing the songs that they sang, that, even though we didn’t understand all their lyrics due to a language barrier, we could still understand based on the way they sang it. It sounded so genuine, so full of emotion, that you could actually feel the song as they sang it, and despite the striking heat, we still managed to get chills. Then began a spontaneous session of simple, ridiculous fun with our new Dominican friends. They taught us rhythm and clapping games, we taught them songs like Father Abraham and the Hokey Pokey. Never in my life have I seen a group of 16-18 year olds get so stoked over the Hokey Pokey, but I think that being able to have fun and laugh over something so seemingly childish was so refreshing for every person in the group. After lunch, we headed down to a local church to practice a piece together that we’ll be performing in church on Sunday. By this point in the day, we were so tired and hot, but once again, we gathered together our energy for one final jam session together to end off our day.
So what does the rest of our trip hold? A lot more singing, a lot more learning, a lot more bonding, and a lot more unforgettable adventures. There is so much rich culture here in the Dominican, and it’s a lot to take in at once, but I know for a fact that the things we learn now will impact us for the rest of our lives.

Thank you to everyone who’s been keeping us in their prayers, and we hope that you continue to do so. Also, stay tuned to the blog for more updates and pictures as our adventure progresses!

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