Goodbye to Students

Trip Start Jul 26, 2009
Trip End Aug 14, 2009

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Jeriann again….

We were so sad to say good-bye to our students!  As David said, it like having all the emotion of the first day of school and the last day of school wrapped up in just one week.   Our volunteer team said good-bye to our Austin, Minnesota friends (community members who organized the summer language camp) by cooking a Spam dinner for them. We made an appetizer of  "Island Teriyaki Bites" (Spam, pineapple, ginger, phyllo dough).  For dinner we served “Vegetable & Spam Skillet Dinner” (squash, potatoes, and tomatoes) as well as “Fried Cabbage, Apples, and Spam”.  We rounded dinner out with fresh local watermelon (amazing!) and corn.  Our Austin friends had a good laugh because they don't eat as much Spam as you might think.  Hey, it helped soldiers get through World War 2!

Our volunteer team was also pretty sad saying good-bye to each other.  We’ve only known each other for a week but it was an intimate week.  I will never forget any of them.  Half the team was made of up people who have 'retired’ but certainly haven’t stopped working and giving to others and traveling all over the world with Global Volunteers.  I was really impressed.

The whole experience had regenerated me as a teacher and stretched me as a person.  I’m really grateful for the whole experience.
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