Hello! We are Leif, Mekhi, Dahoon, and Sam, of the Las Cañadas Mexico Senior Project. This time on Friday we will be in the Mexican Cloud Forest! We are all extremely excited. The goals of our project are to learn about sustainable living, eco-technologies, sustainable agriculture, and reforestation. We will be planting giant Chicalaba acorns to reforest the area, practicing our Spanish, interacting with local children, and living a sustainable lifestyle. Here is a list of goals for our trip that we compiled at our last preparation meeting:
- experience an “all-vegetarian” diet
- get to know the cloud forest eco-system
- give your best to every activity
- empowerment (“we can do this!”)
- immersion in Mexican culture and Spanish language
- have FUN — forge memories that will last a lifetime
- live sustainably
- connect with plants at a new level
- discover things about our inner lives (personal discovery)
- through new perceptions, gain greater clarity about life choices for the future
- conclude with a profound optimism about life on Earth
- make a new connection to Mother earth
- live without electronics
- get to know one-another better
- use what is learned
- earn and show mutual respect
- learn from one another
- connection = unique experience
Here are our individual thoughts about the Week of Anticipation:
Mekhi: We are off in three days and it’s finally starting to hit me. Unfortunately teachers are still cramming in tests and projects before the short quarter ends. Yet, the excitement of Mexico is still creeping in. I’m an avid traveler with a ton of Spanish experience. I can’t wait to be in nature, see the nature, and hopefully give back to the nature. Mexico, here we come!
Leif: This trip one of the most exciting things that has ever happened in my life! Sustainability and nature are the most important topics in the world to me, and I cannot wait to learn more about agriculture, reforestation, and sustainable structures. With one week left to go, my brain is jumping around in disbelief at the fact that we will actually be in Mexico soon. I am so looking forward to living with and learning from Teacher Paula, Teacher Alan, my wonderful classmates, and the natural world! I am determined to take what I learn on this trip to minimize my damage to the Earth and improve my environmentalism. In the meantime, I have a feeling the next two days will go very slowly…
Dahoon: The week before we leave for Mexico only enforces the fact that for me, every week before any big break from school seems so busy. I’ve been preparing to think about the trip and what to pack and am very excited from what I’ve learned so far. I’m excited about spending two weeks with great fun people and eating vegetarian for such a long period of time for the first time in my life! Im glad that I chose to go on the Mexico trip and am very excited about what we will learn and experience during our senior project.
Sam: Although it has been a busy week, I haven’t spent too much time stressing over schoolwork. I honestly can’t stop thinking about Mexico. I’m a practice of positive thought and energy, and honestly say that even thinking about the trip makes my day warmer. Waking up has been easier the past couple days, knowing that in only a couple more, I’ll be with my friends in Mexico, being exposed to new means of learning and living. Knowing I’m going to experience such a changing, powerful, and simply fun environment is the fuel that I’m living off of at the moment. Peace.