At the conclusion of camp on Friday, the Pace students took a bus from Puerto Plata to Samanà and arrived at the Tree House Village just in time for dinner. On Saturday July 29, we took an strenuous hike to a prestigious waterfall. The frigid water was quite refreshing after our prolonged trek through many different terrains. Afterwards we had an exciting experience at the zipline in Samana as we zipped from tree to tree; lastly we walked back to the village and cooled off in the pool. After dinner we celebrated Amalie’s birthday! – Hunter Williams
Friday was our last day of camp as well as the last day for Project Esperanza’a summer camp. Their school year will start in August. This was the day for the annual beach trip that Pace students have provided for the past 3 years and the Haitian kids look forward to it all year! We all had a great time, and the Pace kids learned as much if not more than the campers.
We had another successful morning at camp! Pace kids taught the campers a secret handshake in circle and then got busy teaching the classes. Today’s activities included number bingo, clay creations inspired by “The Hungry Caterpillar,” and several fun vocab games.
Once camp was over, our buddies joined us and we headed out for lunch and fun on the beach.Our next destination was Muñoz where we went to a batay which is a place where Haitians who cut sugar cane used to live. We teamed up with our buddies and some kids from the batay for a scavenger hunt. During the hunt, we got to really explore the batay and my team won! There was lots of trash on the streets and throughout the village. The houses were little shacks with only one bed for families of 4 – 6. A resident of the batay taught us to make suk sou bon bons which are like donuts. They were delicious! – Sydney Silverstein
With the first day jitters behind us and solid lesson plans in place, we were excited to return to Project Esperanza! During the opening circle, Pace kids introduced the Pop-See-Co song that quickly caught on. During the stories class, we read “Curious George Goes to the Aquarium” to the kids. Also, we had the kids draw some of the animals they saw in the book. They learned to say the word and write the names of the animals to practice English. – Ned Coleman
Today at camp the 13-14 year olds practiced English with songs. The kids listened to popular American songs like “Count on Me” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and studied the lyrics. They learned many adjectives while having fun listening to music. – Gus Thomas
The other classes were busy as well and everyone began to feel more confident and comfortable with our new friends. For the afternoon outing with our buddies we went to a cacao farm. We had a traditional buffet. We learned how chocolate is made. The cacao pod contains seeds with a sour gel coating. We got to slide down the hill on dried bark and it was so fun! We also planted cacao seeds. To make chocolate, the seeds are dried and then ground. They add sugar and it forms a grainy paste. We also got chocolate mud masks that felt amazing. The trip was so cool and I loved it! – Julia Holmes