Goodbyes and See You Laters!

Trip Start Jul 12, 2011
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Trip End Jun 17, 2012


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Flag of Honduras  , Cortés,
Thursday, June 14, 2012

So here I am. 11 months later and I'm leaving Honduras for good this time. Well, not really for good because I’m already planning to visit next year!

My experience here have left me feeling excited for the future and proud of the work I have done here. I feel I have taken a role that was once looked upon as the "classroom helper" and turned it into something more like a “resource specialist” focused on goal setting and effective intervention and assessment, both of the students and of myself. I am so excited to take the lessons I’ve learned here and apply them to my next big adventure: the Boston Teacher Residency.

My last few weeks here have been a whirlwind. From final exams to final goodbyes, there has been such a mix of emotions. I didn’t know what to expect for final exams because I could see it going either way: either students would step up to the plate and hit the ball right out of the park or the end-of-the-year slump would kick in and their scores would reflect their unwillingness to study. It was a mixed bag. One of my girls scored an unbelievable 92% on her math exam, but just barely passed science. So it goes. I have had many last home visit both with the whole team and with just a few other teachers and they have all been amazing. I can only hope that the families I work with in the future are as open, caring, and kind as the families here in Honduras.

The last day of school was a blur. I tried to attend as many last day of school parties as I could while avoiding eating cake in all grades. Dismissal was by far the hardest because that’s when it truly hit home that that day was our last day ever teaching these kids. I had the fantastic job of standing halfway between the auditorium (where classes wait for busses) and the porton (where all of the kids leave through) to remind kids to walk and to say goodbye. I’ve had this job for the whole year, but I especially loved it on the last day because it gave me a chance to say goodbye to nearly every kid in the school, even if it was just with a wave and a smile J.

The following week was filled with paperwork and cleaning and then it was time for a brief vacation before graduation, which is this coming Saturday. On Friday and Saturday, I went to Tela to the beach. It was so hot, but it was worth it to have one last trip to the sun and sand! Unfortunately, I caught some sort of stomach bug and was all out of sorts for Monday and Tuesday. My roommate Kim and I were supposed to go to Comayagua (a typical colonial town) and Lago de Yojoa (a lake) Tuesday-Thursday night, but leaving on Tuesday wasn’t going to happen. Luckily, I started to feel better Tuesday night and so we decided to head out Wednesday morning and cut out trip down to just Lago.

Lago de Yojoa is a beautiful location where the tropical and temperate climates meet. The lake isn’t good for swimming, but the scenery is just stunning. We had taken a guidebook with us that had phone numbers of a few places we would try to stay at, but little did we realize that the book was from 2003 and none of the numbers were accurate! Luckily, we called Adam who was on his computer and looked up some phone numbers for us. We ended up staying at Finca de las Glorias, which was above our usually price range but ended up being worth the money! We had a gorgeous room with two full sized beds, AC, and hot water (a serious jackpot in Honduras)! It was right on the lake and also had a pool. We had a relaxing day and night there and headed to another area on the lake called Las Marias today to meet our friend Maynor. Here we took a short boat ride on the lake, swung on a tree swing, and ate yummy fish.

And now here I am writing probably my second to last blogpost about Honduras. Although, you never know, I may have to add one after I visit again!
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Aunt Sue on

You have had experiences of a lifetime and now have memories that you will keep with you forever. Thank you for sharing your amazing Honduran experiences.

I am so happy you will be back home. We have all missed you!!

Love Aunt Sue

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