"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. " - My quote of the day
After sleeping in this morning, I woke up in time for the first session - Empowering English Tutoring - with a very enthusiastic, Tatiana.
There were a couple of non-threatening activities to wake everyone up and to start the interaction. We learned a little of what we would be doing at the school (teaching 9 and 10 year olds English) and in the homes (teaching English to adults).
After a quick breakfast in the conservatory, I met with the Impact Guide assigned to our group, Ricardo. Every passenger is assigned to a guide in groups called Cohorts. The guide teaches us about Fathom - the general to the specific.
Fathom words: "Transformation through travel." "Alongsidedness" "Exploration" "Eudaimonia-human flourishing"
In case you are thinking it's all work, we had a great BBQ lunch, spent some time relaxing by the pool and then on our balcony.
My final session today was "The Story of You." Like many of the sessions it was geared to community and sharing. They work hard at helping put people in a place where they are comfortable sharing. There were some partner activities: develop a secret handshake and tell a partner about your name - they were easy. Then we had to determine a story that changed us in some way and tell it to 3 people we didn't know. It was actually pretty fun.
I then had a nice 25 minute hot stone massage before we got ready for dinner. Dinner is quite a drawn out experience. We had a full table of 8 tonight: Shannon & Angie from Boise, Rose and Sylvia from NC, and Adelaide and Gerry from Virginia (family in Media). Lots of good conversation and stories over a 2 hour period. For dinner I had a Caesar salad and turkey.
No nightlife again so just relaxing on my balcony again. Love the sound of the ocean.