Today we were super excited to get back into service mode by visiting a community called El Dorado. The plan is scheduled as follows.
10:00 am – Arrive at El Dorado GK village
10:30 am – Opening Ceremonies & large group activities
11:00 am – Small group games and distribution of Christmas gifts
12:00 pm – Serve Lunch
01:00 pm – Community Clean-up
But first, we were treated to a delicious home cooked breakfast at the Lasola residence.
Off to El Dorado (5 min drive away). After setting up and before the opening ceremonies, the student leaders had some time to meet and interact with the children of the community.
Let the opening ceremonies begin… below you see only a third of all the children there… over 300 in total.
The students individually introduced themselves and performed the 12 days of Christmas.
For the large group games we felt it was easiest to just dance starting with the Macarena.
We needed to get the 300+ kids into small groups so we played the game Molecules.
In our small groups, we played a series of games. The challenge was trying to explain the games to them without knowing how to speak Tagalog.
After all the games we gave out Christmas gifts to each child. Each student leader was responsible to pack their luggage with toys and donations.
After distributing gifts, we served lunch to all participants (hotdog, drink, and a dessert snack).
After giving out lunch, each student leader put on a pair of gloves and picked up a plastic bag to do a community clean-up.
Prior to celebrating New Year’s Eve festivities, we went back to the hotel to freshen up and have dinner.
We celebrated New Year’s Eve at the Mall of Asia (the biggest mall in all of Asia).
Tomorrow we get to sleep in a bit as we journey on our Manila city tour. Blessings to all in 2013!!