As we start off on our second day, we set off on an island tour filled with chocolate, animals, and rum distillery. We got to see the beauty and wonder of the island that causes many to flock to it for vacations. One of the things that was highlighted prior to the tour and that I was excited to see was the waterfall. This waterfall was supposed to be beautiful and when we arrived, I was in awe of the lush green foliage and beautiful pool of water at the bottom. There were lots of people that had flocked to see it. However, despite this waterfall’s beauty, there was so much more this island had to offer. As I went to Grenada Planned Parenthood Association (GPPA) and worked with the amazing staff there during the week, I learned about something more amazing.
We spent the week talking to community members one-on-one and in focus groups. Everyone, for the most part, was willing to talk to us, clearly outsiders. They were friendly, happy to talk to us about a sensitive topic, and joked with us about topics ranging from politics to fruit. In addition, we spent the week with a staff member who took us around these communities and showed us local specialties. As we would walk around these communities, he would stop and talk to people he knew and wave to others. It was clear that he knew many people in the community and was friendly to everyone. Through this all, I learned about the openness and friendliness of the community. The kindness, openness, and friendliness of the community members made me feel welcomed and fall in love with the community.
Throughout the week, this theme of community never ceased to amaze me. From the friendly hellos and chats to the free samples from vendors that just wanted me try something new, I was able to see a side of Grenada that those who only seek waterfalls and beaches may miss. At the end of the day, I learned that although the sights were beautiful and we saw one of the amazing waterfalls found on the island, the real gem of Grenada was the sense of community and kindness of the members.