Puerto Rico – Alternative Spring Break 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Today is our final day in Puerto Rico.
Much like Wednesday, the group split into two. One of the groups stayed at the farm and did various projects around the farm. The other group left for the elder center.
Before we got to the center, however, the group was asked by one of the Pleintud staff if they would be willing to go and help a neighbor. The group helped plant nine different plants, which the woman greatly appreciated. We learned that she grew up in Puerto Rico and moved to New York when she was six years old.
The group working at the farm had a successful day as well with all they’re hard work they completed. The natural building for the super-adobe continued. All of the rock foundation is now in place as well as the draining system. It really is amazing what can be done with natural earth materials! Another group on the farm got some planting done and mulching which turned out so good.
When we got to the elder center we interacted with the residents. Some played dominos while others painted and helped spread cardboard and dirt around the garden.
The group is in the process of packing and getting ready for our busy night of traveling. We will be having a small dinner at the farm and then going bomba dancing followed by a final group dinner at a Thai restaurant.
The travel agenda includes leaving Aquadillla at 2:50 a.m. on Friday and landing in New Jersey around 6:05 a.m. We will all be back in Pittsburgh around 10 a.m. on Friday.
To family and friends:
I would like to personally thank you for encouraging your son/daughter to go on this trip.The individuals in this group all have fantastic personalities and work ethics. They are all motivational and have a sense of pride. They have all showed me motivation and a love for service and helping those in need. I would encourage you to keep motivating them because not every student would give up their spring break to help with service. Thank you all! — Jon Wolff, president of Reality Check
The time we have all shared together has been memorable and I wouldn’t ask for a better family to spend it with than the 2013 Alternative Spring Break group.
Thank you for reading this year’s blog.
— Jon, Ian & Lauren