The time has finally come! We're all settled in now and our program has gotten off to a fantastic start. It was a bit rocky at the very beginning with a 3am wakeup, 2 hour drive to the airport, and some "mechanical issues" courtesy of Delta Airlines, but they worked it all out and four hours later we were landing in Oranjestad, Aruba :)
As with any longer term stay, we immediately began the settling process of rental car, phones, grocery run, and getting into our new digs. It's a necessary evil, but it was a great opportunity to introduce one of our teachers that's attending, Nic Skaggs, to the island. It was a whirlwind of an orientation for him, but he was eating it up!
Since we don't actually start the STEAM program at the International School of Aruba until Monday, we all took the weekend to simply chill and stress the vacation aspect of our program. Therefore, we've been taking full advantage of dinners on the beach, sleeping in, a few snorkeling sessions, meeting up with the ISA teachers for pizza, and experiencing the annual Aruba High Winds competition! The competition is a series of races and freestyle events involving kite boarding and windsurfing. Very cool stuff.
However, tomorrow we begin the STEAM camp with the kiddos. Tess and Pieter, the organizers of the camp, have put together a wonderful week's worth of activities centered around the theme, "Water is life." I think the students are going to be blown away. I know the teachers were impressed. So be sure to check back with us here as well as on social media!