Today the glimpsers learned what it was like to be a teenage student going to a private Catholic high school in Nicaragua, from waking up at 5:00 in the morning to sitting in the natural environment of the students’ daily schedule. Socially, we found out we had a lot in common with the students. For example, we have similar classes and listen to the same music. This being said, we also noticed some differences about how things are taught in class. For instance, the students didn’t change classes for each period. Rather, a different teacher came to class and each class only had one textbook that everyone copied from. What surprised us the most was how the non-profit school of Cristal had 35% of children with special needs and disabilities; these students learned equally and at the same time as the rest of the school which revealed how involved they are when being taught equally with others and how much everyone benefits from that type of integration. I believe that as a group we all stepped out of our comfort zone to interact with the children and be helpful to the hosts even though some of us didn’t speak Spanish. As a group, we still succeeded to prove that the language barrier doesn’t matter. We also had a fun afternoon learning about breakdancing with three young local teachers. Being leader of the day really helped me understand the struggle it is to be a coordinator and all the hard work that is put into planning the day. Stepping out of my own bubble to lead the group was fun yet very hard because as leaders we have a great responsibility to bear.
E1C over and out!
Family and friends, thank you for being patient with the blog posts! We have a packed schedule and cannot always post before bedtime. Thanks for understanding!