Thursday, August 28, 2008
The last week of class we also took the preschool classes to a park in a nearby town. They absolutely loved it! It was the most developed park that I had ever seen in this country. Above are a few pictures of our time at the park, as well as a video of the kids before heading back.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Though graduation had passed, there was still a week of summer programs at our school. Sarah, one of the summer interns, planned a business type week for the oldest class. The first day, a handful of our friends and parents of some of the students came and spoke.
Each speaker told of his/her job, what all that entailed, how he/she came about getting the job, etc. It was really neat to see how interested the students were, and how much they listened to the different professionals speaking. I think it gave them hope that they too could one day have a consistent job if they try hard enough.
Some of the speakers included Juan (construction worker, pictured), Miguel (electrician, pictured), Benjamin (teacher, grew up in the Compassion program), Ariel (accountant), and Natanael's mother (colmado owner).
The next day we set up a pretend town in the classroom with different venders and gave the students pretend pesos to see how they chose to spend their money. All the kids really enjoyed it.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
(who at first hid under the table after hearing his name called)
The whole graduating class
plus Weston, Robin, me, Kate, and Cristina
Below are pictures of the whole process. Evelyn, a friend who lives in Chichigua and mom of several of my students, was the one who did the dreading. The whole process took about four hours.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Most people do not have any pictures of themselves or of their children, so I decided that that was something that I could change.
For the past several weeks, and with the help of Hayley back in June, I have been taking family portraits. It is so neat to see how dressed up they get and how they fix their hair for the picture!
Many of the frames were donated, and I purchased the rest in Santiago along with getting the pictures printed.
Below are some of the pictures, most I believe were not the ones actually chosen to give to the family, but all are very similar.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The first thing to do is take the mango and peel the skin off with a knife. Some people will just take part of it off so their hands don't get sticky and juicy, but then you have to continually peel the mango throughout the process of eating it, which to me is not as enjoyable.
This can be done over outside, over a sink, over a garbage can, or in this case over a plastic sack.
Once the entire peel is removed, bite into the mango as if it was an apple. It is really juicy so I would suggest staying outside or near that sink, trash can or bag.
It is best to pretend like you are a little kid and eat it like you would a melting popsicle, catching the juice that runs down your hands by sucking it all up and hopefully leaving some on your face. And of course, it is always done with a big smile. :)
Well, some exciting news, after living here for seven months, our landlord has finally decided to finish our apartment (perhaps it is because now he has the money).
The outside of our apartment is now completely painted a cheerful yellow color. It is really pretty, but I must admit that it still throws me off every time I see it.
The balcony is yet to be completed, but we will take it one thing at a time.
picture soon to come :)
Friday, August 08, 2008
We have an avocado tree at the school that has started producing those big green Dominican avocados. Though you may not believe from the pictures, these avocados are actually quite small. There have been some people coming in at night and stealing avocados from the trees, so the next day at class a handful of kids decided to help get some of them down. They climbed up the tree and shook the branches (maybe not the safest idea…) so that they would fall to the ones catching them below. After collecting the avocados that had fallen we put them in a sack and carried them inside the school to use for our feeding program. So good!!