Teaching Mission: Ending our Trip

Again, I apologize for being SO behind in posting. I promise there are TONS of exciting posts heading your way! This will be the last post from my trip to the Dominican Republic, but I just found out I get to go again in October! SO HAPPY!

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*These posts are taken directly from my journal*

The morning started off EARLY. We had to get everything together to leave. WE stripped the beds and moved our stuff outside. When I first woke up it sounded like a monsoon. I began to mentally prepare myself for a back of the truck ride in the pouring down rain. We were pleasantly surprised when we came outside and saw no rain! It was just the wind we heard. The people here desperately need rain so I was a little sad it wasnt raining. We said goodbyes to our baby goat friends. I was very tempted to smuggle one back in my bag.

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We got to the school and prepared for a 1/2 a day. The teachers were SO appreciative, but we made sure to let them know just how much we learned from them. My favorite thing we did was create a chain. Each day everyone wrote something they learned and at the end of the week it was huge. After lunch we said more goodbyes and climbed in the truck for the trek back to the capitol.

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On the way up we had the truck to ourselves, but on the way down it was PACKED.Many of the teachers take weekend classes. I was sandwiched smack in the middle of a bag of food. Little Brittani sat on my lap. Going up and down for over an hour in the back of the truck i rough. I definitely got an ab workout not falling over. Little Brittani fell asleep on me. We made it to the gas station in San Juan. I got a cold red gatorade, and we climbed into the nice AC bus. Tea Brittani and Tiffani joined us.

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It took FOREVER to get to Santo Domingo. When we finally neared the resort I had no clue what to expect. We stayed at Playa Esmeralda. It was nothing super fancy, but it was absolutely perfect. I may have cried when I saw the beach. We instantly dropped our bags and ran down to catch the sunset. The beach was full of beautiful palm trees. It was so spectacular to start my morning surrounded by mountains and end it on a beach.

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Before dinner we found Sister enjoying pina coladas. She told us to go grab a drink #itsincluded. and I think our jaws hit the floor. When a nun tells you to enjoy a Pina Colada you do it!

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I am seriously so in love with every person on this team, and I am going to be so sad to leave. We ended the night laying in sand watching the stars. It was the most PERFECT end to an AMAZING trip.

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Oh and I finally got my first real shower of the week…it was cold, but I didn’t care!

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