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Monday, June 17, 2013

Charlotte's Final Up Close Project Reflections


On Saturday 15th June 2013, UpClose Bolivia had a final event to celebrate and give thanks to the community and those who we’ve worked with over the past 3 months. Over our time here, we have worked with a wonderful variety of different people and it was important for us to acknowledge how they’ve all played a huge part in our lives.

The day started off with excitement buzzing in the house as we set up for the occasion. Sorting out the different stalls to be dotted around the garden like an English summer fete, bobbing apples, face painting, hula-hooping and skipping competitions as well as egg and spoon races and the flour game (having to find sweets in a pile of flour using only your mouth).

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At 2:30pm, neighbours and colleagues started to arrive and the apthapi started to grow with cakes, pastries, sandwiches, fruit and so on. Most of the parents and adults stayed round the table conversing while the children played down the lower end of the garden where the games were. They all wanted their face painted; Laura and Sophie (UpClose Bolivia volunteers) did an amazing job at transforming the children into butterflies, super heroes, flowers and birds. Shortly into the event, other International Service volunteers arrived to join in the fun. The hula hoop competitions started as did the apple bobbing, soaking everyone who partook!

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The whole day was so much fun and it was lovely to see the people we work with in a social environment. We will truly miss everyone that we have met in Bolivia and we will be sad to leave this beautiful country. Thank you to everyone who come and had fun with us on Saturday and for making our time here so special.

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Written by: Charlotte Cusdin
Edited by: Liam Hilton

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