by Zoe Valdepenas-Mellor ’18
Today at Bachelor Beach we all hung out with the kids from Jong Bonaire as they swam for a couple of hours in the afternoon. At first, I was a little nervous that they would not interact with us and just interact amongst themselves. Nevertheless, after a couple of minutes one kid approached us and started to play Frisbee with us and it was so much fun because suddenly all of us were playing with the kid, and it was so nice to have all of us playing to together. After playing Frisbee died down a little bit, we were inspired to get on each other’s shoulders and do chicken fights with one another. One kid came over, interested in what we were doing, and then another one came over and then another and then all of a sudden we had a whole bunch of kids wanting to get on our shoulders to chicken fight each other and this lasted the rest of the time at the beach. This type of service, simply playing with the kids, made the service not feel like service because it was not manual labor, it was just enjoying the time with children from different places. I learned that even though we all come from different backgrounds and have a slight language barrier we are all able to have fun with one another.