Day 3

Today was the live without boarders day, where we visited the school and gave each child a backpack. We were able to spend time with the families and play with the children, from dancing, playing with hooks hoops, to making a conga line. The kids even preformed a rehearsed dance for us. The GPS students very quickly bonded with the children, and were able to get to know many of them more personally.

In the afternoon, we were able to release newly hatched turtles into the ocean and a turtle sanctuary. Fortunately, every single baby turtle made it across the beach and to the water without being eaten by a bird, unlike some unfortunate turtles last year.

Day 7

Sadly, today was the last full day of the Mexico GPS trip. The teams were able to visit two houses that were built the previous year during spring break. In addition, we spent the afternoon at the closing ceremony, where the teams and their families took pictures, are delicious food, played with the kids, and finally, said goodbye. It was a wonderful way to end this trip on a positive note and allowed us to enjoy time with our families outside of the construction sites. Overall, this has been an amazing experience for everyone involved.

Day 6

Day six was our fourth and final construction day. The house will not be completely finished for another few months, but our few days here have sped up the process and provided some extra help. This entire trip has been an amazing experience and we are all so happy to have contributed.

After working, we spent some time at a beach, swimming, relaxing, tanning and playing soccer in the sand. Although some sunburns were formed, we had a good time.

Day 5

Today was a productive construction day. Team four was able to build up multiple wall, as well as start on a new one. With shovels and a wheelbarrow, we leveled out the floor in one room and the outside of the house. In addition, we were able to create more of the metal piles used to indicate where each of the walls end. Being able to build this house had been very fulfilling and we are excited to see the final results.

Day 4

Today was simply a relaxation day. The teams took a boat ride around the ocean, took a hike and than spent several hours at the beach. Unlike the one outside our hotel, the waves were not comparable to the size of the Empire State Building, so we were able to swim. However, this was the last of our off days, and we will get back to construction Wednesday.

Day 2

With more bricks layed, concrete mixed and ground leveled, today was another productive day on the worksite. We are all very excited to see the progress made when we return on Wednesday, and even more excited to see the finished product.

In the afternoon, the teams took a trip to a Mexican candy store, filled with beerpops, pulparindos and chocolate. We are able to buy candy for the kids at the school, as well as some for ourselves.

At night, we went to a lake to see bioluminescent plankton in a lake that glows this particular time of year. Unfortunately, the plankton was not there, but we were still able to witness the glowing lake. Apologies, but this sight will have to left to the imagination, because the glow does not appear on camera.

Day 1

After what felt like the longest travel day in the history of travel days, from a bus ride, to plane flight, to another plane flight, to another bus ride, we finally arrived in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

The first day of being here has been a success. The teams were able to meet our families as well as start constructing their future houses. Team four was able to lay bricks on serveral walls and even out the ground inside the house. In addition, our family was just lovely and their kids were adorable. We are all looking forward to contributing to building their house.

With the heat, the pool and the beach, this is definitely going to be an enjoyable experience.