It’s still Jan. 7. We’ve spent our whole day at the build site but our time there is coming to and end. We went back to the hotel to freshen up and get all our departing gifts for the village. Here’s the plan:
We’ve given gifts before, but this was the first time doing it in the dark.
And this time there were so many on-lookers, not just kids.
The hardest part is breaking up 300 kids into even groups, from there it gets easier.
This time, each gift came with a gift card which we all hand made.
After the t-shirt signing, we felt like celebrities as everyone wanted to take goodbye photos.
After the photos, we made our way to our formal goodbye party.
The finale of the closing ceremonies was a singing performance by all the student leaders who sang Count on Me by Bruno Mars. After the performance we said our final goodbyes.
As we drove off one last time, it didn’t really sink in that we were not coming back the next day. There were many tears of both joy and sadness. We made a lot of new friends and created a memories that will last forever!