August 22, 2013
Today when we all woke up and got out of the comfy little bunk beds we sleep in at the scout hall we went to breakfast and exchanged some stories. We found out the dogs that live on the compound had gone into two of the rooms and startled a few people. One went into girls room and tried to snuggle up to Tamara. The other one decided to go into the boys room and sniff Mike’s face. We then went and did our morning duties. We are broken into three groups and are assigned either the kitchen, sweeping the rooms and halls, or the bathrooms. No one likes doing the bathrooms… even though there is only one toilet that works in the girl’s bathroom. That causes problems when we wake up and all have to pee.
Once our chores are complete walk for about two minutes over to the site. One of our duties today was to take all of the rocks that were stacked behind the bleachers. These rocks were fairly large and it took the Interactors half a day to move them all to a pile to the side of the park, which is very impressive. When we got our new pile of dirt delivered today the men who delivered the dirt, were responsible for taking the rocks that we piled, away in their dump truck. It took them only 30 min to throw them all into their truck and drive away. Wow! The work we have done so far is almost finished filling in behind the bleachers and making them stable. Some of us would like to ask if we can grout (fill in cracks and holes) and possibly paint them. Then we have to level out all the area beside playground equipment and place new dirt, and cement the rest of the basketball court. We finished transplanting trees after a run in with the angry gardener.
Once classes at the center start the parents of the kids like to come over and to help us because they are required to have some volunteer hours for the center, it’s really nice to have them help because it’s a little easier to take a break and sit in the shade if you need to. Work day three is always one of the hardest; it’s when you start to feel sore before you start getting used to the hard work. Some of the moms come and helped us transfer dirt. It is amazing to see them take empty cement sacks, pile a bunch of rocks and dirt onto the bag and carry the bags to the pile. Many of these women were not all that young! There are also two little boys who came to help us. These little boys work harder than we do when they come, and that’s VERY hard. At the end of the day we welcomed a shower, that we all knew was going to be a cold shower. There seems to be only one shower that actually gives luke warm water and I haven’t a clue which one it is.
Tonight the District Governor of Bolivia came along with all the Cochabamba Interact, Rotaract, and other Rotarians. After a nice ceremony where Geoff got a Rotary banner from the Rotary club of Cochabamba and all the Interactors were given buttons that said, “Yo Rotoract Tunari”, which means “We love Rotaract Tunari”. The night was fun and we played multiple games with all of the Rotaract and Interact clubs. We played a game that helped us introduce ourselves. When a ball of yarn was thrown to you in the circle, you took hold of the string, said your first and last name, hobbie, and nickname. It created a spider web that linked our countries, and ourselves together. . Then we had a barbeque and the meat was definitely something that most Interactors from Canada were not used to, it was cow heart. To be honest it tasted just like normal meat and lots of the boys went back for more. Then we played another game called ‘werewolf’ which was kind of like that murder mystery game where someone is it and they shake another person’s hand and squeeze it so they “die”, except it had witches, werewolves and hunters and was really interesting. Once the night ended it was much later than when we usually go to bed. We all said our goodbyes and went to sleep.