Turned out to be the most memorable day yet. We rushed to City Hall, dressed in our suits, for an audience with the Mayor at 9 am. We ended up waiting for an hour and then had to leave for our next appointment to volunteer our time at a special school for disadvantaged youth. We changed out of our suits into casual attire and took our van to the school. We were greeted by the staff and toured various workshops and then to a class room filled with about a 100 students studying to get into the local public university. We were asked to give a pep talk to the students to motivate them. After an energizing session with the students we were entertained by them with two traditional dances. The students were eager to get advise on how to beat the odds since they come from very poor families. This school is fully funded by the municipality for students who cannot afford an education. This visit was by far the best part of our trip.
After the school visit we had to rush to the local police crime statistics lab for planting trees. They wanted to be reminded of our visit. They are really hoping that our recommendations will help them deal with the crime problems. When we got there the holes were dug and saplings were ready to be lowered and covered with soil. Each of us planted a few trees for the photo-op. Now we know how dignitaries feel when they drive in and plant trees for the photo-op and drive away.
While were getting done with the planting we were told that the mayor wanted to see us at 1pm. That gave us all of 20 min to get into town and so we would not have time to change into our suits. So we decided to walk into the mayor’s office and apologize. We spent 30 minutes with him and at the end he presented us with typical Trujillo window model.
After the meeting we returned to the hotel and worked all the way through about midnight.