This summer, the Walton College is proud to feature Christian Buechel, who will be guest-blogging for us while he embarks on a global community development experience in Belize. Christian is a freshman in the Walton College who is majoring in Business Management with a minor in Spanish. Links to his previous posts are located at the bottom of this entry.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
We met with Phil Usher to talk about the Dosquebrados Park that he plans on building for the kids of Dangriga. He has lots of ideas concerning the construction of it. He wants to build a pool, a disc golf course, a soccer field, and a clubhouse/restaurant for the parents. It is a very plausible project after we prioritize his ideas for it. We will be making a business plan for him for the next 5 years. Hopefully that gives him some guidance on what to do. Afterwards, I went to the Lakeland Park again in order to see the progress. It looks awesome. We added a second deck and a rope ladder to cross over the forts. Clint even added a roof. At night, we decided to have a “corporate retreat” at the Pelican Bay Resort in order to relax under the sun after our hard work. It was a very productive retreat.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
It was another day at the park for me today. We wanted to get as much as we could done before going to San Ignacio this week. We are officially finished with the monkey bars and most of the fort. We even added the first seesaw. We have a culvert pipe for a slide. I am not sure on how we are going to make it work. Once we were done, Mark, Michael, and I went to go play soccer with the kids. I have become close with a lot of the kids there. Malachi is my favorite because he loves Dirk Nowitzski the most. Tyrone, Tevan, and Brian were there too. I enjoy playing with them. I can’t help but think that with the right training some of the players could be absolutely amazing at soccer.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Today was a great day because we got to talk to Evan again. He showed up promptly at 9 am and we gave him the good news. We granted him a $320Bz loan with a 5% interest rate. He was very excited and thankful. It really felt good to know that we are helping him with his business. He is always very talkative and wise with us. It is always a pleasure to see him. Then we left at 11 am for San Ignacio. The bus ride wasn’t as bad as the other ones. Once we got in, we noticed a difference right away. Definitely had a more Hispanic vibe to it than the other cities we have visited. I stayed at Martha’s Guesthouse and it was very clean and it even had free air conditioning. That was probably the best part. We had dinner at a place on Burns Avenue. Before going to bed, Mitch, Mark, and Brendan put on a little show. Mitch can rock just about any instrument you put in his hands. It is pretty astounding to see. He can sing too. As for the others, Brendan was leading vocals with Mark on the drum. They sang some great hits like “Hey Soul Sister” and some lonely island songs. Once their vocal cords were strained, everyone tried to go to bed a little early for the adventure that awaited us the next day.
Belize - May 21-24
Belize - May 25-27
Belize - May 28-29