Day 4 (3/27/18)

Today was our much anticipated relaxing day on the boat and beach. Everyone stared the day with an early breakfast and a quick transition onto the busses to travel to Huatulco. When we arrived in Huatulco we boarded the boat and or adventure began. After a nice boat ride and soaking up the sun, we arrived back in port and headed to a beach resort for lunch and swimming hosted by a generous Culver alum. Everyone had such a great time and we are very thankful for this experience. We headed back to Puerto Escondido for dinner and journaling. We are all very excited for another work day tomorrow!

– Rachael ’18

Day 3 (3/26/18)

Today we started off the day with an amazing breakfast which was just the start to an even more amazing day. We did not work on the sites today because we participated in the Love Without Borders program at the local school. This is by far one of my favorite memories of this trip. When we arrived at the school all of the children were super excited to show us some dances and to play with us. We were very excited as well! After games and dances, we started handing out the book bags full of shoes, candy, and school supplies. This was such a humbling experience. I also reunited with my family and the little girl on my worksite from last year which was super emotional and I am still overflowing with happiness. Many people of the community made delicious food for this gathering. It was neat to try many different foods. After the school we headed back to the beach for lunch and free time. After a relaxing afternoon we headed to the sea turtle release where we released 40 baby sea turtles into the ocean! Everyone enjoyed this adventure! Now we are sitting at dinner about to journal and have some time to reflect on our adventures so far.

– Rachael ’18

Day 2 (3/25/18)

Today we really went to work on the house at our worksite. My team loves the family we are helping! There are four kids so our break times on the site are filled with playing soccer with the kids or giving them piggy back rides. Today we built the walls so high that we worked on makeshift scaffolding to continue to build the walls up. We worked for the morning and little of the afternoon then went back to the beach for lunch and free time. This evening was spent at a lagoon to see the bioluminescent plankton.

– Rachael ’18

Day One (3/24/18)

Mexico GPS:

I am Rachael Dodson and one of three bloggers on the Mexico GPS trip this year. Today was our first full day in Puerto Escondido. Our day started off with an optional workout and breakfast on the beach where we watched the surfers take on the massive waves! We then met our bus drivers and drove to the worksites. After a long and rewarding afternoon of work, we drove back to the restaurant for lunch. We then had free time to relax, swim, or play on the beach. We finished our day with a delicious dinner and yummy ice cream.

– Rachael ’18