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Friends/Family, I have landed in Cochabamba…for about 2 months now.   (published in Bolivia)

June 6, 2017 by   Comments(1)

Friends/Family, I have landed in Cochabamba…for about 2 months now.

First of all I would like to apologize for not updating my blog as much as I said I would. Bolivia is treating me very well and I am always doing something. I can hardly believe that I have been in Bolivia for 2 months. Time is flying by!

I am currently working in the Equine Therapy project but I only have one more week with it. Next week I will start working in the hospital as a part of my medicine project. Typical week for the Equine Therapy Project:

Mondays – (mornings only) brush the horses, clean up after the horses, wash horse things (still unclear on the horse lingo), and play with the 25 dogs.

Tuesdays – (mornings only) assist children with disabilities ride horses

Wednesdays & Thursdays – (all day) assist children with disabilities ride horses

Fridays – (mornings only or afternoons only or all day) varies from week to week

Even though I am working with horses, by far my favorite thing about this project are the dogs. There are about 25 dogs at the site. For the past few weeks I have started bringing a tennis ball daily for the 2 golden retrievers. By the end of the day the ball is so chewed up that there is no evidence that there ever was a ball.

The children are super sweet that come for the Equine Therapy. Some of the exercises that the children do include; moving legs back and forth, knees up and down, arms in front and to the side, arm circles forward and backward, swimming, one arm towards the ears of the horse and the other to the back, and standing up. Each child is very unique and has a different bubbly personality.

The horses are something else! I have never worked with horses, I have only gone horseback riding a couple times throughout my life. ...

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Friends/Family, I have landed in Cochabamba…for about 2 months now.
 

Mexico Mission Trip Overall   (published in Bolivia)

April 15, 2017 by   Comments(1)

 

Saturday moring after a week of building houses is bittersweet.

The week in Mexico is different than a week in Los Alamos, NM. For some (definitely myself) you are out of your comfort zone during this week. 

  • Alarm clocks - no need for them in Mexico b/c at 6:15am guitars and singing are your alarm clock
  • Showers - solar shower or baby wipes
  • Food - AMAZING. I swear I put on weight during this week because of the food
  • SAND EVERYWHERE - no matter how much you try and get the sand out of your things you will manage to find more when you get home

This year we were able to build 3 houses for 3 wonderful families. :) Quite a tough week but totally worth it. See you again in 2018, Mexico!

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Mexico Mission Trip Overall
 

Mexico Mission Trip - Day 5   (published in Bolivia)

April 15, 2017 by   Comments(0)

 

On Friday, we were the dirt – Stucco Day and handing off the keys!

Making the stucco is much like how me made the concrete, only we use different materials. With stucco, we are mixing sand and lye together. The end product should have the consistency of frosting. After we applied one coat we had to wait 2-3 hours until we continued. While we waited for the first coat to dry we talked to the families to see what they were going to use the house for, etc. The house was going to be a kitchen in one room and the son’s room in the other. After applying the second coat and smoothing it out it was time to hand off the keys and say goodbye. This is will tug at your heart, the family is so grateful and there are always tears going left and right. After we hand off the keys, we pack everything off and head back to camp for one last night.

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Mexico Mission Trip - Day 5
 

Mexico Mission Trip - Day 4   (published in Bolivia)

April 15, 2017 by   Comments(0)

On Thursday, we had come to love the dirt – Half day of work then Beach/Mercado Day

Today was a short day. Since my team was at a different site than we were yesterday, today consisted of making sure the chicken wire is tight, completing the roof, and putting in windows and door(s). After lunch it was time to head to the Mercado or the beach!

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Mexico Mission Trip - Day 4
 

Mexico Mission Trip - Day 3   (published in Bolivia)

April 15, 2017 by   Comments(0)

By Wednesday, we had come to depend on the dirt – The House Takes Shape Day

Today, in my opinion, is the most exciting day of the week because you get to see the house take shape. As soon as all of the frames have been assembled and the boards have been put on the roof, it’s time to chicken wire, tar paper, and then chicken wire the house. Doing this makes it easy to put the stucco on the house. The trick with the chicken wire is to make it as tight as possible, if the chicken wire is loose the stucco will have a very hard time drying to the house.

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Mexico Mission Trip - Day 3
 

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