Snakes in the towels ….. whatever next

So yet another week goes flashing by!!!

this week has been hard core teacher traing with spanish lessons thrown in as well for Carla and I !! The La Hoya girls start on Monday and the Bombita girls have yet another week off (unfair).  This week we started off by going to the beautiful resort of Playa Azul its a hotel right on the side of cliff over looking the turquoise carribean sea (jealous or what ) we had a team retreat where we got to know our strengths and weaknesses and then went for a wonderful lunch.  Unfortunaley that was the only beach we saw, the rest of the week was dedicated to preparing us for the classroom ! we had countless meetings and planning sessions with Amanda and Olivia to helps us take on the 200 something kids that would soon be walking through our doors, scary I know !! but at night we got to have a little bit of fun when we werent to tired tuesday for Katherine and I was Bible study which was surprisingly fun !!! then dominoes with Manuel and Jesus who seems to like us as he keeps bringing us patata ands platanos and sugar cane seems to be his new favourite thing to give us but I´m not complaining it tastes gooooooood !!! for Carla and India it was a lively all singing all dancing church service and getting to know the locals of Bombita that filled their days ! Katherine and I seem to have aquired a house guest though in the form of a small puppy called Dukessa who likes to sleep under our kitchen however she wasnt to keen on being in the house when we found a snake in the washing basket ….. my reactions was of course mature scream and then get roger the night watchman to handle it !!! On friday we all attended the youth service in la hoya which was fantastic with hundreds of people coming to watch the kids sing and dancing and acting all in all a top night :::: wooooh I´m almost out of time damn internet cafe !!!

welll Hasta Luego

Emma x

And then it started Raining …….


Its been a pretty full  first week here in Dominican Republic! We arrived safe and sound, although pretty tired, to a smiling Ameilia (our country representative).  She took us to our hotel that we would be staying in for the night with two double beds in each room and a very technical looking air-con, that Carla ad I decided to figure out when we got back from dinner! Ameilia took us to a really nice Pizza place and after the meal we headed back to the hotel, all now full and sleepy and the night porter had fixed our air con so all was good!! That was until half way through the night carla and I woke up thinking we were in a freezer!! The Air con had malfunctioned and was now colder than it should be after about 10 minutes of fiddling with the remote I managed to turn it up or so I thought about an hour later our air con began to defrost and started raining everywhere.  By the time we stopped it it was 6 am so time to get up.  Ameilia shipped us on to the coach early that mornig andwe headed for Barahona! 3 hours later with very little extra sleep, thanks to Carla´s boredom, we arrived in Barahona and met Patrick and Amanda who took us for a quick lunch and then off to the SuperMarket!! Katherine and I quicly settled into life at La Hoya, a beautiful town were you can pick mangoes, avocados and Bananas straight of the tree, and soon we were planning our night aroud Domino night with Hazues, Maunuel, Connie and Olivia(although last night it was with Ninga Hazues son in law Olivia was away in Bombita watching the Kings Speech with Carla ad India)I also saw my first TARANTULA!! which was terrifying and I reacted very maturely screaming very loudy and dancing round it to get away but I´m serious this thing was huge !!

But thats all for  now te electricity is bound to cut out any minute so

Hasta Luego !!!

Emma x


and welcome to our blog!! Following the life of a gapper is hard work but someones got to do so over the next year India, Carla, Katherine and myself will document the exciting, the terrifying and the down-right-weird things that will befall the four of us on our Gap Year!!! First of all here are the Deets the four of us will be living and working in the Dominican Republic in two villages just outside Barahona! Myself and Katherine will be working in La Hoya and India and Carla in Bombita! So we’ll keep this updated (as much as we can its likely we’ll only get internet once a week) so stay tuned!!
Adios Amigo x

Katherine, Emma, Carla and India