BVI: Session 1 - Kes Kat

Posted: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

Our Last Day

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Grayson C.
Today we woke up bright and early so we could get the most out of our last day on the trip. We went back to the same place we did our first hike, spyglass hill. This time the hike seemed a lot easier for all of us. Once we got to the top we did an activity where we shared one quality we liked about our self that we noticed on this trip that we would like to keep and one quality we would like to leave behind. It was cool to hear everyone share. You could really tell how much everyone had changed since the first time we hiked up that same hill. After that Elliot shared a powerful story about his father and the personal connection he had with Spyglass hill and why it was so special to him. A bunch of us cried. It was an emotional morning. After all that we headed back to the boat for breakfast and the rest of the day was spent cleaning the boat and packing our things. Its been an amazing trip and we are all surprised at how it flew by.

Staff Update Day 20

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Jamie
The Past 20 days have been a sheer pleasure and we, the staff, cannot thank our students enough for all the hard work they have out in. 21 days ago these 12 brilliant young men and women walked onto the dock as strangers, but now leave as family. Brittany’s easy going-ness reminded us all to keep ourselves in the moment and appreciate the little things in life. Jaden constantly surprised us with his tricks and talents, and could always be found at the helm or pulling ropes to help our ship sail. Alec’s humor kept everyone’s spirits high, and we will surely miss his giggles and jokes around the boat. Anna’s happiness always made the room shine with positivity, and she was a true friend to everyone on board. Will made 100’s of friends all over the fleet, but that doesn’t surprise us, given his kindness and generous nature. Brandon’s subtle humor and good work ethic kept everyone happy and motivated on every project, from turtle tagging to playing with school children. Kennedy’s motherly nature and constant laughter made her a fast-friend to everyone she met, and her love of helping others is easily apparent. This was Morgan’s 2nd summer at Lifeworks and she helped bring an air of excitement to projects, as well as aiding other students and staff on board the boat. Lexi’s ability to motivate others is incredible and everyone looked up to her for her determination and graciousness. Trey has so many incredible skills and abilities, it has been inspiring to see him be a role model for the other students with his respect and hard-working attitude. Grayson’s dance moves, movie quotes and other hilarious antics were outdone only by his compassion and gentleness. Tommy’s motivation and respect for others made for a great motivator, and his laughter and keen sense of humor will be missed. We are so lucky to have been able to have this time with our 12 shipmates. We have watched them all grow so much over the past 21 days, and we know they will all accomplish incredible things in the future. We are so proud of all of them!

Posted: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

Day 19 – Responsible For Our Own Dinner

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Brandon J.
I woke up to the sizzling sound of eggs ans sausage on the stove top. By far the hardest part of the day was getting everyone up after an extremely long day. After a bumpy sail to Peter Island we met one of the last original family members of peter Island. We spent a few moments looking at his families property and where he slept. Right on the other side of the road was one of the most exclusive resorts in the world. But for the most part the day was relaxing. We swam around the boats and snorkeled by beautiful reefs. While the day was relaxing the counselors surprised us by abandoning ship to partake in a mandatory staff meeting. This was a test to see how far we have become as mature adults. Some boats did better than others, but otherwise it was a great experience. After dinner and clean up we settled down for a group discussion.

Posted: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

Day 18 – Face Full Of Pizza

Author: William W.
Today was a bright and early day but I got great sleep so I was alright with it. We attempted to pick up anchor but our secondary anchor was wrapped around our primary, and if it couldn’t get worse, we had to pull up the primary anchor by hand and had breakfast while we motored over to road town. We were briefed on what we were doing that day so we headed over to VISAR, Virgin Island Search and Rescue, where we helped them paint rooms and organize some supplies then we had to dredge, or dig up some dirt that the rescue boat might hit on the way out of their garage. After we helped out there all day, we got a chance to buy some sweet merchandise, I got a sweet sun shirt that has their logo on it. We headed back to the boat and we got to eat pizza for dinner and watched the sun go down in a yacht anchorage as we told stories and jokes that almost made our cheeks hurt. All in all today was a great day with a fun ending.

Posted: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

Day 17- Mangrove Monthly

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Anna S.
This morning we sailed back to where we started, West End. From there, we walked to the side of the water with a mangrove plant nursery. We learned a brief lesson about mangroves and why they are vital to the survival of the land and sea. The Lifeworks kids split up into groups. Some counted the number of growing mangroves, while some took measurements and coordinates. We received shore time and arrived back at the boat with a variety of snacks. After our shore time, we motored to Great Harbor Peter to work with more mangroves. We ended the night with Mexican night, cleaning up and watching Elf.

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