Hello from Belize!!
Today was our first day of service and we were all very excited. For many of us, this was the part of the trip that we were looking forward to the most. I know I was. We arrived at the Punta Gorda Red Cross where their dedicated volunteer, Ms. Terry, greeted us with such warmth. We immediately got to work cleaning the inside of the PG Red Cross to prepare it for a new paint job. Some of us braved the hot Belizean sun and painted the outside of the building. At the end of the day we painted almost the entire building inside and out. Our first day was a great accomplishment not only because of how much we finished, but because the team worked so well together towards something good.
Students paiting building at Red Cross
Ms. Terry talked to us about the services the Red Cross provides to Punta Gorda. Not only does the PG Red Cross provide family emergency and disaster planning, it also provides testing and prevention of HIV as well as an elderly outreach program. Ms. Terry also wants to expand the Red Cross outreach to include adults with special needs. The PG Red Cross is an integral part of the community here.
Service group in Belize - Red Cross
Community service is such a beautiful and important part of this immersion trip. I am so grateful that we were able to do something good for the people of Punta Gorda. We often think of community service as helping people in our immediate community, but I believe that this thinking needs to be expanded. In these modern times we need to start thinking of ourselves as global citizens with our community having no borders. Community service is about helping our fellow neighbor, no matter where in the world they may reside.
So far this has been an awesome trip and I am looking forward to the week ahead of us!
Micahela Mobley Class of 2014