Today we (Amelia, Kelsie, Alex, Nick, Erin, Justin, and Karli) had the opportunity to take this airplane into the jungle 15 minutes outside of Shell. We were supposed to fly out yesterday but due to the extremely heavy rainfall, the runway was closed. Since the weather today was hotter than ever, we got onboard and flew out. The airplane ride was actually very smooth. There was no turbulence nor any reason to worry. The view was beautiful outside the windows, we even could spot Casa De Fe from above. The longer we flew the less buildings we saw, until there were only trees and the river in our view. We were surprised to see the runway in the jungle because it was just grass. What we are standing on in the picture is the actual runway. As we landed, many of the people who lived in the community we were visiting were at the runway to see us. We got off the plane and were greeted by hugs and kisses on our cheeks. The eldest of the community said a prayer for us then we walked up to their village. We gathered in their church where the elder gave a speech in his native language, which was translated to Spanish, then translated into English. Four people then came in dressed in their native clothes and sang for us, again in all three languages. Next, we went up to an original hut where they danced for us and painted our faces. We were even able to try out a blow dart. They had some handmade items for us to buy which were very unique. Overall it was a great experience and it was interesting to see and learn about another culture. Its cool to see how one country can house so many different cultures. The rest of our team will be able to fly out tomorrow and do this for themselves. We are excited to return to Casa De Fe tomorrow and work with the maestros and kids.
Amelia and Kelsie
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." ~ Helen Keller