As it is, semesters here in Siena seem to pass in the blink of an eye. It’s no surprise that as we near the end of our first of two summer Service-Learning programs that it’s as if I was in Rome merely hours ago picking up our students and explaining as best I could what they would find upon arrival in Siena. So much is done and so much is learned in such a short amount of time.
Currently our Service-Learning students are involved in activities at local kindergartens, a soup kitchen, a restaurant that benefits the mentally disabled, an ambulance center, and a few other places. With their help, our garden is progressing nicely. We actually produced edible arugula and yesterday I donated a bag full of our very first product! Already our adventure in gardening is turning out to be a success. In other Service-Learning news we had another first in the form of a one day Service-Learning day involving 18 students from various universities in Arizona. Lavinia held a two-hour seminar in the morning, then we took them to the garden (the “Orto de Pecci” www.laproposta.org) that we collaborate with in the city and they cleaned up the grounds.
There are also 4 advanced level Italian students with us right now who are indeed very advanced. We’re all quite impressed with their abilities especially since this is their first time ever in Italy. Roni and I are going to have to keep an eye out for these ones so they don’t end up taking our jobs.