20.02.2012 - 04.03.2012
I'm volunteering at a local school called Los Ninos de la Luz (Children of the light); its a big school and shares the grounds with a boys orphanage. I leave at 6am in the morning driving past the pineapple plantations (owned by standard fruit company) and see the sun coming up over the epic mountains which surround our town. From 7am until 11am I teach English to 'Grades 1-4' with another volunteer called Julia from Germany. Its pretty hard core and we have to do a lot of planning. The classes are directly one after the other and to begin with this was quite stressful and we worried too much about if we were doing a good enough job. Now we are chilling out more and being a bit more relaxed with planning which has had a positive effect on our classes as they are more chilled and fun.
The kids are AMAZING and all run up and hug us every morning, they really enjoy learning English and they love the colours of the rainbow song. For 'Grade 3' we taught them a topic on pizza toppings and baked them a pizza as a surprise. They were so cute and all bundled and jumped on us, they were so happy. The kids really do make every minute of it worthwhile and i look forward to getting to know them all more. So all is well here and we will try to start updating you all more often. Im also very excited as Jess and Paul will be coming to visit us in July which is extremely exciting! Ill grab Lewy and get him to fill you in. Speak soon! x
Im teaching in the village where we are living. Four days a week we do english for kids between 7 and 12, its fun and crazy. The kids like to mess around a lot and are most definitely not natural linguists to say the least. There are three of us running the English program and a reading club for kids from the school who can't read well. (In Spanish) On fridays we have activities, mainly sports. The kids love it and go crazy over any stuff we have like bubbles and stickers and temporary tattoos. The work is tiring and we have to plan it all ourselves and sometimes it seems completely pointless because the kids just seem to forget anything you tell them. But if it encourages them to stay at school or learn English its a positive, and when they do get it its a good feeling. Its clear they do enjoy themselves and I am too!