Day 4

Today almost all of us were up Before the Rooster. So when 7am breakfast started, we were all suncreened up and ready to go. After pancakes and bananas the entire group of students were ready for a swim. We trekked down to Long Island (the same location they saw at low tide the day before, where we hope to install the Freedom Memorial) and dove in.

The water in Palau is amazing, so clear, so warm, it’s a cross between swimming in a large bathtub and an aquarium. It’s interesting being here for the second time and experiencing things with people who are seeing Palau for the first time, the students are SO excited! They loved swimming at Long Island; it was hard for me to explain to them that what they were seeing was only an appetizer for what they will soon experience.

After our early morning swim it was time to get down to business. The students and faculty met to make final adjustments to their presentation. It was great to see how far the students have come with their presentation and how much care and heart they have put into it. I’m very excited to see how their work is received tomorrow in their first big meeting.

After the presentation work was done, people split off into a couple of smaller groups and did their own walking tour of downtown Korror; checking out the sites and also shopping for necessities (extra towels, since towels never dry here and snorkel gear!). I’ve mentioned this before, but to reiterate how small of a city Korror is, here are some more fun facts. Korror is so small, we have yet to see a single traffic light and its population is equivalent to the student body of Otis College. It’s also super easy to run into people. For example, when I was headed back to the dorms with a couple students from the wood carving place, we ran into another group of students, then looked inside the restaurant we were outside of and found our third group of students! Have we taken over the town or what?

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