Sunday, February 17, 2008

A mindblowing beach trip

Last week our kids had the opportunity to spend some time camping in Lucila del Mar to enjoy a fabulous beach trip. Our new volunteer coordinator Bella Koerfer reports.

Over 40 kids between the age of 11 and 17 spent over a week at the beach with us and as you can well imagine had a fantastic time.

The place was a six hour bus drive form Buenos Aires and the kids clapped with delight as the movies began and we breathed with a sigh of relief as we realised we could at least relax for the next 6 hours.

The camp consisted of six dorms interlinked and a large main hall, the best was that this was all walking distance from the beach. The kids had a tight routine in an attempt to keep them in order but to be honest all they wanted was beach, beach and more beach, with some football and volley matches thrown in.

One day Jess and me took the kids riding which was just perfect total caos with everyone smiling, horses galloping here and there and incredibly no one falling off! This was my favourite moment and a picture I will always keep in my head.

In the evenings there were group trips into town, walks along the beach and on the last night a Talent night. As the days passed the kids got browner, the romances confused, the volunteers just got exhausted. When the time to leave came, you felt like you had been there 6 weeks!

Most of us adults came home sick with bits, sore throats and exhaustion, but of course it was all worth it, as the relationships you are able to form with the children, in that short time are priceless.

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