Today the team headed out to Camp John 3:16 to do the most physically demanding work of the week. This camp project, like many things, is done little by little as funds become available. Last year the team did painting on a finished building, this year we were laying cement for the kitchen… with only some shovels, buckets, no shade and a lot of jokes. We were treated to a delicious lunch of Salbutes! A fresh pressed and deep-fried tortilla topped with lettuce, tomato, ceboll
Hola Amigos y Amigas! Since the last post we have been busy dipping our toes into some traditional Mexican experiences. We were treated to a refreshing Cenote swim, complete with little nibbling fish and Mayan warriors. We spent the evening wandering the central market in Merida looking at colourful garments and eating too much sugar! Our final day was spent on the beach with the orphans - a beautiful way to say Hasta luego to this C-Quest experience! We played in the sand, s
Day five (cinco) begins with a two hour road trip to the city of Valladolid! First stop is the Huaracheria where we got to see the production of traditional Mexican sandals, known as huaraches. From there we went backwards down the production line to visit the tannery. We saw a pretty gnarly room that was meant for salting hides that would be a perfect setting for a horror movie; alas the process is no longer allowed within city limits so it lays empty, except for the stains
Our day began with a Pancake Breakfast we prepared and served at Casa de Los Abuelos in Merida. This orphanage for seniors, founded by the wonderful Estella, provides basic needs to Abuelos (aka grandparents), who unfortunately have no other place to go. Here we fed the bellies of the Abuelos with pancakes, fruit and cafe, and they nourished our hearts when we coloured together and provided the beautiful Abuelas with nail care. From there we headed out to a delicious and hos
It is day 2 of our adventure! We are settling into our new surroundings and have begun our work with the communities that we came to serve. We started the morning at the Emmanuel Orphanage. The children were a bit shy but welcoming, and after a quick ice breaker game to help us learn each other’s names, we joined the kids in making a few craft projects.
We painted photo frames that the kids will decorate further in the week. The frames will hold photos of us with the childr
Hola! After quite the journey south, this years Fluevog C-Quest team has arrived in Progreso, Mexico! Six Fluevogologists are on the Volunteer trip this year and throughout the week we will be sharing our experiences. Our first day consisted of learning about the Yucatan culture, a crash course in Spanish as well as getting settled into our base camp. Part of the culture here embraces a more slower pace than in the cities we call home. A daily “Siesta” from roughly 2pm-4p