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Endings… and Yet, New Beginnings

Tuesday, December 2nd. The day started out like many others… Sunrise breaking through a bank of clouds, humidity thickening the air, a chorus of tree frogs giving way to the sounds of roosters, goats, and the soft hush of morning traffic rising  from the streets below. Coming down…

Then and Now

On Wednesday, November 26, we went to the Folk Research Center in Castries to learn more about St. Lucia’s history. Although we had been reading about it in our assigned texts for class, it was helpful to have a native Lucian summarize it all up for…

Dig a Little Deeper – Excavating St. Lucian History and Culture

On Saturday, November, 22nd, we took advantage of the slightly overcast weather to explore Pidgeon Island, a 40-acre preserve located on the north-eastern part of St. Lucia. St. Omer, a longstanding Good News Lucian volunteer served as our tour guide for the day, sharing several stories…

Seeing in Color

On Tuesday, November 18th, we had the task of blessing our second house. We started the day by taking the familiar hour long drive to Dennery. We arrived at the house on time, even after getting stuck behind several slow moving trucks on the winding mountain…

Work Hard, Play Hard

Our third week consisted of painting and cutting in preparation for the construction of the second house. The family we are building for previously had a house built for them by Good News, but due to the children’s disabilities, the house was more of a burden…

A Week in the Life of a GAP Student

On Friday, November 7, after a full day of class, we had the great opportunity to meet Michael Aubertin the author of Neg Moran: Freedom Fighters, one of the assigned texts for the course – Exploring Cultural Imperialism & Hegemony in the Caribbean: Past and Present.…

Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

Another full week of work and cultural experiences have passed us by and left us with many more questions than answers. Questions we explored this week and will continue to explore over the next few weeks — like, what does plantation slavery have to do with…

Connecting With the Locals

This week we finished the house for a couple, Nick and Dana, who have two young children — Nick Jr., who is blind, and Wyatt, his younger brother. As we learned more about their family, we realized how important the house was for them because it…

The Start of Something New

We arrived to St. Lucia with plenty of bug spray and sun screen on hand, and were ready to work. After settling into our rooms at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Castries City and catching up on some much needed rest, we were ready to get…

The First Taste of St. Lucian Culture

This week we had ample opportunity to go out in the community and experience the local culture in Saint Lucia. From the loud and rambunctious streets of Creole Day, to the more subdued Saturday night mass, the group was able to witness a wide range of…