August 6, 2016
Everyone got up this morning and prepared their things and minds to leave. Rounds of students hopped on the taxi truck, grabbed a few breakfast items for the road, and exchanged hugs and goodbyes with their fellow crew members. As the students were off in the truck, just like that, program was finished…
Saying goodbye to our students is always bittersweet. Each and every student brought something special to the program. We had an amazing time getting to know every individual, and they will all be missed! As staff, we loved teaching marine biology, sailing, and diving, but even more so, we loved learning from the students and with the students about all sorts of things during the past three weeks. Most importantly, we all had loads of fun together, from turtling, to chili cook-off, to Olympics, and even during little every day things, like meal prep and boat meetings.
We hope as the summer continues and the next school year begins, each of our students finds ways to apply what they learned at Sail Caribbean to their every day life. We’re proud of each of our students for developing both as individuals and as a team. We hope that they take to heart what they learned about themselves, their fellow crew members, and the environment around them. All in all, it has been a wonderfully successful program. We had a blast with this group of students, and we hope many return in the future so we can have a chance to work with them again!
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.