Day 1: The Dry Run

 

We woke up at 5 o’clock a.m, the crack of dawn, to shovel onto our bus for our first day of outreach. The city we traveled to was called Baní. The day didn’t run quite as smoothly as expected as we were confronted with complications. Initially we began to realize our lack of organization when registering the people, filling out surveys, and checking blood sugars. Despite the craziness, I couldn’t have been more excited to try out my new skill of testing a blood sugar in complete Spanish. I don’t think that person realized the overflowing amount of joy it gave me to test their blood sugar.  Once the chaos of that died down we split into our groups to attempt our activities. The main issue our group ran into was our misjudgment of the level of literacy the people. Many of our activities required reading and we had not anticipated this being an issue. To combat this we began a mix of speaking and illustrating in order to convey our activities. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of engagement of the adults in our groups. I had been afraid that our activities of coloring would seem too elementary for an adult to engage in; It was a rare time in my life to be happy to be proven wrong. When we got back to the hotel that day we gathered in our exhausted groups to discuss our newfound flaws. Our new plan was to formulate sets of people to run the registration, survey, and blood sugar checking. People would start at registration, be sent to get their blood sugar’s checked, and then fill out the surveys. We manipulated our activities so that they became more of a conversational environment rather than a “sit and read this” environment. I went to sleep, eager to see what all the different cities would challenge us with.

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