19 Abril 2017

La gratitud es la memoria del corazón. 

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” 

-Jean Baptiste Massieu

April 19th, 2017

This morning I packed my bags to prepare for our upcoming trip to a coastal city in Colombia, Barranquilla.  In the afternoon, I met with my YLAI host and we planned for the upcoming workshops in Barranquilla.  Following this meeting, we regrouped with another member of Somos CaPAZes and prepared for a virtual workshop with the Hamtramck Odyssey Program for Excellence (H.O.P.E) program in Detroit, Michigan.

We conducted the virtual workshop with the H.O.P.E. program via Skype and were able to successfully facilitate an hour-long session focused on team-work and developing active listening skills with a group of diverse fifteen fifth-grade students enrolled in Hamtramck Public Schools at Dickinson East Elementary.  The students were completely engaged throughout the entire workshop, participated in all of the activities, and were able to critically reflect on the activities as well.

That evening, my YLAI host and I boarded the plane and headed out for Barranquilla.  Despite the fact that I was struggling with altitude sickness, the Skype session with the students in Detroit, Michigan worked as a temporary, magic remedy to my illness.  Bit by bit, piece by piece, child by child we are working to encourage the growth of peaceful communities across borders, languages, and cultures; today I got to see this work come alive. Not every lesson will stick, not every activity will work for every group or for every student, but I think we’re inching closer to discovering how to best share these critical building blocks for peace.

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