I am getting super excited to get on that plane down to Belize! I think I am as prepared as I'm going to be, so let's do it!!
Over the past few weeks, the agriculture, engineering and business teams have met daily learning about Belizean history, culture, agriculture, eco-tourism, and economics. We also learned about community development and service learning in general. I really enjoyed learning about this young country and hearing about the past projects.
The agriculture team (plus one awesome civil engineer) went out to the Cobblestone Project Farm for some hands-on experience (in the pictures above). The Cobblestone Project is a really amazing organization run entirely by volunteers. They have a community supported agriculture (CSA) program set up in NWA, where those who buy a share from the CSA also provide a family in need with a share from the CSA ("Buy one, give one"). You can learn more about the Cobblestone Project here. We had a lot of fun planting herbs, thinning out corn, weeding and putting down hay!
My goals for while in Belize:
- Keep track everything in a daily journal
- Update the blog weekly– mostly with pictures
- Send out postcards to family and friends
- Push myself to meet a lot of local people, by breaking out of my sometimes shy habits
- Participate in the engineering and business projects (in addition to the agriculture projects)
- Go snorkling
- Eat lots of Belizean food (including the royal rat!)
- Soak up as much of the culture as possible
- Plus many more....I don't want to bore you!
I also just want to say THANK YOU to those who have helped me out in preparation for this trip. I couldn't have done it without my wonderful family and friends. Love you guys.