BVI: Session 3 - Luna Kahuna

Posted: Sat, Aug 13, 2016

Looking Back…

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Abby C.
It’s hard to believe that our trip has come to an end. Looking back at the past couple weeks all I can think about is how incredibly grateful I am to have had the opportunity to have meet so many amazing people, helped so many communities, learned so many new things, and had so many incredible experiences. It feels like we have been here forever but at the same time its hard to believe that tomorrow morning we will all have to say our goodbyes and return to our normal lives. Today we woke up early and hiked up to Spyglass Mountain on Norman Island for a reflection. The hike was steep and challenging, but so worth it when we got to the top. It was the most breath taking view I have ever seen. Standing on the tallest rock you can see a 360-degree view of everything. We got back our goals from the beginning of the trip and reflected about how we accomplished them or not. On our way up the mountain, we each found one beautiful rock and one ugly one. The ugly one was supposed to represent the bad parts of us that we want to leave behind and we said them out loud than though them off the mountain. The beautiful ones on the other hand are to represent what we want to take home from the trip, our memories, friendships and values. I have learned so much about myself and about life in general on this trip. I have learned that every little thing you do has a larger impact-weather it be how your attitude affects someone else, or how a plastic bottle could end up on a beach killing endangered bird species, or how a small act of kindness or helping out makes a big difference. If everyone has the mindset that doing one small thing wont make a difference, than the world won’t get any better, but if everyone had the mindset that they can make a difference, they can and will. By picking up a few pieces of trash each we all managed to clean up the beach and save some lives, and by racking some leaves and painting some tables we managed to make the Valley Day School look a whole lot better. I have also learned where true happiness comes from. Throughout the trip, our counselors have told us a lot of stories about people who live here and have every reason in the world to be miserable and depressed, but are as happy as can be. I hope to come back here again and to see my friends I made again soon. I will never forget any of the amazing experiences I had here and it makes me really sad to have to go, but I will go home a better person with much more knowledge and happiness.

Posted: Fri, Aug 12, 2016

I Believe…

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Grey S.
Waking up to the staff members sleeping in
thoughts in our heads that we will win
pancakes for breakfast
they were really good
then we did the dishes just like we should
took a dingy to shore
the weather was so great, couldn’t even ask for more
hiked on shore, saw Conrad’s shack
makes me feel like I should give back
Conrad was a man
who had a lot of fans
he was happy and humble
not concerned with money he never got in trouble
owning Peter Island was a lot of land
a hotel tried to come and buy his sand
an agreement was made
most of the island for shelter and food was the trade
he wasn’t a greedy man because of that reason
he smiled all year for every single season
made me believe that happiness is a choice
and always having a positive voice
I believe that we will win
sailin’ in a place I’ve never been
took fourth place in a good way
gonna live like Conrad every single day
After we entered the Diveside race
we had fun and took fourth place
chanting I believe that we will win
boosted our team spirit but we didn’t get a pin
but, who cares because we had a lot of fun
having a great day was a job well done
I believe that we will win
sailin’ in a place I’ve never been
took fourth place in a good way
gonna live like Conrad every single day

Posted: Thu, Aug 11, 2016

Paint, Paint, Paint

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Cameron R.
Today was a long workday. After waking up to a steaming plate of delicious eggs, we went on dinghies to the VISAR headquarters. A man in a black uniform spoke in front of us in a cold room. With a wounded finger, I wasnt much help while I assisted with painting two huge crates. Bright orange paint ruined my clothes and stained my skin but still did not ruin my amazing time helping out with VISAR. Later all of Lifeworks took turns on VISAR’s super fast dinghy. I felt my face being ripped backwards from momentum as the dinghy sped through the water. My friends and I ate a delicious pizza for dinner and then ate vanilla ice cream out of a carton. There were no spoons so we all used forks and had a joyful time. Finally, we made complicated friendship bracelets with a white string. Today is definitely one of the best days of the trip so far.

Posted: Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Zays Blog

Location: Road Harbor, Tortola
Author: Xavier B.
Today was a very good day. We sailed from Sandy’s Spit to Road Town today. Including having some shore time. Also had a chance to talk to my mom and my dad and talk about how my trip is going also checking up on the family seeing how my mom is doing and also my dad too. Then after that we went to some place in Road Town and sneaked inside a hotel bathing room for both Snowcat and Luna to take a shower. When we took that shower felt so good it felt like I was back at home with having so much space and having clean water for once in this trip. But before we did all of this Will waking up and doing an early morning dive and getting a chance for Will to see the sun rise up while he was under the water. While we sailing we was playing pirate music while putting up the pirate flag. And when wed was putting up the flag it felt so intense and it felt like I was in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean while they was sailing.

Posted: Tue, Aug 9, 2016

Day At Brewers Bay

Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Author: Isobel R.
Today we woke up to a mountain of eggs and sausage, of which we ate all and still proceeded to make more of. After stuffing ourselves, we went swimming and had a little trivia competition where we had to yell one thing in a category mid-jump into the water. Andrea is still the reigning champion, try as we might to beat her (unfortunately an incoherent yell is not a type of ice cream).
A while later we went snorkeling with Snowcat and got to see some beautiful fish while on our hunt for the ever so invasive lion fish. We left the bay after lunch and headed off for Sandy Spit where we’re staying the night. There we got to have an amazing barbeque on what looked like the island from the opening of SpongeBob and are now settling down for a good sleep.

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