Today our group conquered our fear of heights and went zip lining in Monkey Jungle! It was an amazing and exhilarating experience that I will never forget and was yet another aspect of this trip that I never expected to be able to accomplish. The view from the zip line was amazing and the ride down was thrilling! We also got to go into the money jungle section of the place and I had about four monkeys climbing all over me at one point! I think they sensed my fear and thought they were funny because everyone knows I am not an animal person! I keep surprising myself with how brave I am for these new adventures and I truly believe I am going home a changed person because of it. I can't wait to share my new outlook on life with my friends and family. I no longer feel like the sheltered Catholic school girl that I grew up as but rather a determined and brave woman that could handle anything life throws her way. I have eaten, discussed, seen, and done things that were scary, gross, and completely out of my comfort zone. Never will I complain about the little things in life that used to really bother me because I have seen how others live and I am very thankful and also ashamed of everything I have. I cannot wait for whatever life has in store for me next!
I have also been reflecting a lot about the aspects of the Montessori classroom that are incredibly different than the Bennet Park Montessori classroom that I had been in a few semesters ago as a Junior Participant. I love what 3MM is doing here in the Dominican and I think they are off to a great start! I would love to have more time to help them develop some of their outdoor environments and also their language area in the primary classroom. I feel that that is the biggest difference between our Montessori school and the one here and I think that once the school builds up their language section through donations and also through all the materials that we created it will be a huge succe