June 25, 2012

Our Final Day of Work

Woodland 2012 HANDS Team:

Today our team completed the work component of our service trip.  The day began like almost every other on this trip.  Some of us got up before 6:00 (still on our Ontario internal clocks) and were shocked to discover that even at that hour, the heat of the day was on.  After a delicious Belizean breakfast of scrambled eggs and fryjacks we were off to the job site.  Floors were the order of the day.  Jason, AJ, Joel, Steven and David spent much of the day mixing and pouring a large concrete floor in a large classroom while the rest of the team was working on the floor of the stage, building stairs and doing trim carpentry in the church.  Despite the heat, we were able to get a great deal done today.

One of the great things that we have been able to do as a team is work with three Belizean tradesmen.  Manuel Yama, the job foreman, his brother in law Edwardo and our driver Luciano have all worked side by side with our team, teaching us Belizean work practices and respecting the practices that we have brought from home.  Getting to know them has been one of the added bonuses of the trip.

Tomorrow we travel by water taxi to the island of San Pedro and marvel at the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.  Then on Wednesday we return to the school for a final visit, a farewell assembly and then our travel home begins.

We hope to post one last time tomorrow.





Jouke and Rochelle
Jun 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Better late then never - we just found out about this blog from A.J's mom! Joel keeps us so wonderfully informed...

The photos have assured us that you are alive (and hopefully feeling well) and your reports indicate you have been working hard.

We hope you had a wonderful time today exploring the island and the experiencing the beauty found both on land and under the water - did you go snorkling?

Safe travels tomorrow!

Know you have our love and support

Jun 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

So happy to hear that you are doing well! Sounds like you got a lot acomplished.

We'll pray that all of you have a safe trip home. Looking forward to seeing you at graduation. Hopefully pictures and stories will come later

hugs - gramma H

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