Community unity is a key part of the CoHI program. Without unity, there is no possibility of carrying forward a common vision. So, with the help of HTH CoHI and Campamento Extremo Internacional (CEI) Staff, our three pilot Community Development Commissions composed of local leaders in Lomas del Aguila, Las Lomitas, and Caliche... went to camp.
In the CEI obstacle course, our community leaders got very, very dirty as they discussed and then lived through practical examples of trust, humility, and teamwork. There were quite a few cranky leaders when they figured out what was about to happen, but then they loosened as the day wore on. Kaleb, Fredy, Otto, and Micah each joined a community on their way through the course.
After a full day on the obstacle course and a swim in the lake, each community spent time getting cleaned up before dinner and an evening workshop. The workshop had community commission work together as a group to perform a detailed analysis of their finished community map to figure out how they could apply what they learned to their town's development. Each group then presented their map to the other communities - including recommendations for the future.
After breakfast, we got moving right away with some team-building exercises - with some interesting results.