The Final Stretch by Sarah Lessley

These past few days in the jungle have been absolutely amazing. The last day of VBS was bittersweet. I felt as though I formed a strong bond with some of those kids, and had a hard time saying goodbye.

I formed a special bond with a 3rd grade child named Nahomi, and almost cried when I had to say goodbye. Even though she hustled me out of a few headbands, she’s someone I’ll always remember and appreciate.

It was especially hard to say goodbye to some of the other kids since we didn’t have long to see them.

On my last day of work, I continued my work on the yard work (The Weed Whackers) that I had been doing for a few days. After one day of hauling heavy concrete and carrying heavy branches with tons of bugs, it was kind of nice to be able to just rake leaves.

I gained a whole new appreciation for all the people on this team. The place that we worked at allowed us to see a lot of the other work going on as well. While it was completely pouring rain, people still did not complain about having to haul large amounts of concrete or dig large trenches. The food on the last day was definitely one of the best we’ve had all week. I’ve had good shrimp before, but nothing compares to what was served for us.

While chilling in Eno Village one more time, I began reflecting back on this amazing trip we’ve all had. From taking a few beatings in soccer, to showing the entire team I know the Single Ladies dance, and picking up a few Spanish terms here and there this trip has been nothing but exciting! I’m so grateful I was given the opportunity to come, and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for the children of the school!

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