17 Marzo 2015 Shenanigans!

We woke up early today and headed to the bakery to get some energy before what may be the most difficult day ahead of us. Mark was a bit confused when he headed to the lobby to find no one waiting for him. But, he quickly realized all of us were at the bakery for breakfast waiting for him to pick us up. After finishing our food, our fearless leader, Mark, picked us up and we headed into the city to pick up Hector. Along the way there was a lot of screaming and yelling about dogs and chickens because some of us had cake for breakfast …. Cough cough Melissa, sugar high!!!

We arrived at the school in Sabana Perdida around 9 am and got right to teaching. We were familiar with some of the students as they attended church in the school with us on Sunday.

Teaching away!

Teaching away!


We each began by teaching in separate classrooms, quickly becoming more comfortable with our team dynamics and getting the students more involved.
Have a great time!

Have a great time!


It seemed each lesson became more organized and fluid as they day went on.
Teaching can be fun?

Teaching can be fun?


Between the six times we taught our lessons the kids were given a small recess and lunch where we were able to socialize with them outside of the classroom.
Hello, Francisco!

Hello, Francisco!

For lunch we had Domincan Flag which is a chicken of sorts, I dunno for I didn’t eat the meat, but I did have rice, avocado, plantanas, and concón, which is similar to rice but more tough. We ended our day at Sabana Perdida at 3 o’clock with a lot of pictures and exchanging of Facebook names to keep in contact.

Group photo at Sabana Perdida before we depart.

Group photo at Sabana Perdida before we depart.


We said a lot of goodbyes, all of which broke my heart. If I can give any advice to those reading I would say this, don’t “fall in love” in a foreign country… for you will have to leave.
Sabana Perdida afternoon group.

Sabana Perdida afternoon group.

After a long day of teaching and making life long friends, a few of us hung out by the pool while others stayed in for a nap before dinner with Mark’s long time friend, and our now honorary uncle, Tommy. Tommy is the president of the Dominican Deaf Association. He gave us a little history on the expansion of ASL in the Dominican, and some background knowledge on the use of Dominican Sign Language known as LESDOM. We finished eating dinner at the bakery, having interesting conversation about running over dogs and saving cats from the side of the road. Now we are ready for our day of rest and relaxation!

Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone! The celebration and relaxation begins tomorrow! We are halfway there and the thought of having to leave makes me sad! I close this with a heavy heart, thinking about all the children in Sabana Perdida we taught today, may God bless them and may they remain forever in our prayers.

-Savannah, Towson University student

Making friends!

Making friends!

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One Response to “17 Marzo 2015 Shenanigans!”

  1. Frankie Pardoe Says:

    So good seeing your pictures and account of the day. We are very proud of you and your team. Please stay safe. See you when you get back. Love. Aunt Frankie

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