My alarm sounded at 8:30 this morning and I woke up feeling guilty, like I needed to be somewhere. It took me a minute to remember that school was out and all of the students are now on vacation until early February. For me this means I need to change my mindset and start using a “winter” break state of mind. For us Peace Corps english teachers this can mean a few different things. One thing is for sure though, almost everyone will somehow be involved in a camp. Over past breaks volunteers have held tons of camps involving numerous sports, team building exercises, and gender issues.
Form the week of December 9th through the 13th I am going to be teaching one of my 3rd grade classes how to swim, with the help of a few good PC friends. The idea all started in class, about a month ago, when my counterpart and I were teaching I like and I don’t like with sports. One student said, “I lie eh-swiming.” Than another admitted that she didn’t know how to eh-swim so I took a quick poll and to my surprise more than 90% of the class, including Gerledis who just said he lied eh-swiming, didn’t know how to eh-swim. So after handing out a permission slip, we are ready for 5 days of eh-swiming lessons. I am currently in the process of making kickboards out of styrofoam.
For the rest of break I will be hard at work on the grant supported Mi Boquilla Florece project. The goal is to finish the tree nursery before school starts up again. Also we now have a symbol and a big event this Sunday so I will be back with more updates soon!
|The design a 10th grade student made for the Mi Boquilla Florece environmental group|