Location: San Cristobal, Galapagos

As our hard work continues, the group is getting closer and closer. That showed on the long and hard eight-hour community service day that we had today. Even though some people did find it relaxing ripping out roots, removing fields of weeds maybe doesn’t sound like the most thrilling thing to do for a teenager on a hot summer day. Despite knowing what a tough day we had in front of us, we all woke up with high spirits looking forward to helping the national park in their work of preserving this unique and beautiful island. So how did it go? My answer would be that I was impressed by every single person. It was hard, and it was hot, and it was tiring, but everyone chose to focus on the positive thing we are doing. Instead of complaints, people were telling jokes and teaching each other new games as they got their hands dirty. And that has shown me and hopefully everyone else something really important, that no matter what you are doing or where you are, it all comes down to the people you’re with.