The school

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Jul 14, 2010

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

The School

The school is located about a mile the other side of the town centre (from where I am staying) and it's a 30 minute walk. It nice at 0630, and not too hot, but at 2.30pm, on the way back, it’s very hot!!

The school is in two halves; the reception and my science room on one side (it was grade 1 this week but we are swapping over today) and then all grades 1-6 around a sort of a courtyard. The kids can play in this central area and we carry out PE there, but it’s rather dusty. Lots of mosquitoes live in the grass, so we do avoid using that area.

The kids are lovely, but we don’t think that they get much discipline at home, and so it is a bit of an uphill task. They do seem to be responding to us all being strict. I think their English went backwards a bit over the summer, but even after a week, I can see that they understand at lot more. We need to work on their speech, and a previous volunteer gave them very bad habits e.g. they say "looky" when they want to show me something!

The third grade are the worst, behaviour wise, largely as they have too many boys in the class. They also have a lot of teachers (not one specific class teacher) for each subject but we are all trying to be strict to make sure they behave! Grade 1 is the largest at 26, and now we have split the class into two, it is much more manageable.

Last year, they finished classes on a Friday at noon, but this year they have games in the afternoon (even though they all do PE in the morning!). It wasn’t well organised though, the kids didn’t listen and it turned into a farce. I’m not sure what is happening this week, but I think they might try and place kick ball again. The main problem is that it would involve 2/3 kids sitting out each game, and they are not very good at that!

We get breakfast at 0930 and lunch at 12. Breakfast is usually a baleada (wheat tortilla filled with beans and cheese) or a pastellito (tortilla folded over, filled with ham and cheese and deep fried), and then for lunch some fried chicken, salad, and maybe roast potatoes. So, you can see that they do like their fried food! We don’t eat a lot though and it is nice to have meat at lunchtime. In the evenings, we usually cook for ourselves. Madi and I make a vegetable rice dish or pasta, and on Wednesday, Sandra cooked for us all, Honduran tortillas (an adapted version which was a bit like a burrito).

So life at the school, hopefully will improve each week. In my new room, I’m hoping for more storage and I should be able to leave more things in the class, which will reduce the amount of going to and fro from the storage area.  I keep getting hints to stay all year, but as you know I have onward plans!

This week, the only plans we have, are to go to Miss Betty’s on tues and Thursday for dinner and then there might be a chance to go to Cusuco National Park at the weekend. Until next time, have a good week!
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rbrowne1 on

Hi jo, happy to hear all well, students look a nice bunch, sure they can be a handfull and hope you will be able to keep them entertained and under control.I am so glad your ball skills are now coming in handy, i wonder if you will try pottery in your art class you might just be able to pick up some pointers. I do find it surprising there is so much fried food, hope it is tasty.You should go for the snorkellin, less mossies in the water than the forest i would say, look forward to some picks. chat soon r&r
p.s. it really was Tato who greeted me and not just a beer hallucination !!

brownej on

Re: Mossies
HI ricky!
I do have plans for making some pottery beads later in the term, but we cant get the usual clay here.

the food here is tasty, esp with the hot sauce added!! The fried chicken is good! we went for chicken and tajadas last night.

all is fine and the kids are better!!
jo xx

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