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So today we shadowed high school students in Nicaragua. We started off our day by waking up and although we woke up at 5, we saw this as an oppertunity to wash clothes and get everyone ready for the day a little early… three hours earlier then we needed to thanks to Nikita who thought it was later then it actually was. Haha – oops! We ate breakfast then came back to the hostel to work on our CAP (Community Action Project). We planned the first steps of our project by prioritizing what steps and tools we needed. Then a few of us ventured to the hardware store to get estimations of how much it will cost to make our project a success. Then we made sure everybody was prepared for the first day of school. With everyone looking nice and spiffy we ventured on the public bus to the high school. We got to the high school and were divided into two class rooms.
Room 1: Our first class of the day was English class and our seocnd was biology. We played pictionary so they could practice their English vocabulary words. We noticed some of the differences between Nicaraguan and U.S. students was the motivation to participate in class disscussions. It was also intriguing to see some of the similarties there were. The Nicaraguan students were intrested in some of the same social media platforms such as, music and TV shows students in the U.S. watch. All the students were really nice and inviting
Room 2: Our first class was smaller than room two but just big enough to get us all seated. The people in our class were really nice and offered their own seats in order for us to get seated. The surprising thing that i saw that made education in the U.S and in Nicaragua different were that the teachers switched classes and the boys in class were more outgoing than the girls. We got through our first spanish philosophy class in 15 minutes and we got through social science talking about what we did on the fourth of July… To which we answered, watch fireworks, hang out with family members, or eating food. Some even said that they did celebrate it because they felt more mexican than anything else. This class ended with the biginning of the actual dancing during English class. We did our “American” dancing in which we introduced them to the Nay Nay.
One thing we took away from this experience was that the students here are very similar and very different from us in many ways. We look forward to tomorrow when we start our CAP project. Miss you all and we hope everyone at home is doing great!!