Back to Work!
Trip Start Aug 19, 2003
14Trip End Feb 20, 2004
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Today is the 2nd of December, a school day for me. I just finished my morning class. Now I will rest for a while until my 4 pm class this evening. My students are at all different levels with their English but I feel that they will soon catch up with each other. Their comprehension is memorized so they do not know much grammar or structure, just basic conversations. They are products of a strict French passed school structure that does not allow for interaction but only repetition and constant memorization. In the early mornings, you can pass the students standing outside their houses reading and repeating their previous lessons over and over in an attempt to remember everything for school that day. The Haitian school system is completely outdated because they are still using the French school structure from about 100 years ago. Despite the fact that 100% of the population speaks Creole and only about 30% speak French, all schooling is completely in French
So, I arrived back in Mirebalais yesterday, after spending five nights in Myisod with other volunteers for Thanksgiving. I arrived there last Wednesday. Thursday was Thanksgiving but because that was also the market day, we decided to have Turkey Day on Friday. There were 13 of us in total. We stayed at Lea's house, which has five rooms and a concrete roof from which you can star gaze. Thursday night we had a tropical dance party with many of the Haitians that Patrick and Lea work with. We made a Tiki Hut out of Banana Leaves and Palm Fronds; the Haitians loved it! Friday we cooked most of the day. We had mashed potatoes, potato salad, corn bread, beet salad, stuffing and turkey
Saturday, we all headed down to the river and went for a swim. We had two tubes so it was just like tubing down the river at home! Sunday, a few people headed back to their sites, Dave went back to Kenscoff, Meagan back to Sodo, Jessica back to Duffiey and Brigid back to wherever her site is! The rest of us relaxed and wondered around the town. It is a very nice place to leave and I believe that Patrick enjoys it very much as does Lea. Sarah and I went back to Mirebalais on Monday morning after having a nice spaghetti breakfast. We actually got a free ride, which is a blessing because the roads are extremely tough in public transportation. I was exhausted nonetheless from the 4-hour bumpy ride. At home, I found that my electricity is working finally. For the five days before I went for Thanksgiving, my neighbors were cutting my wire and using the electricity for themselves