Hey everyone! It’s the Leaders of the Day, Emely and Emelyn (yeah we know it’s easy to confuse).
Today was a light day, not much work to do really. Today was our third English tutoring class and was definitely much better than the first time because now we are in our flow and are feeling the teaching vibe. We get lots of tips and techniques from the GG Leaders on how to keep our class engaged and cooperative.
After the morning teaching, we went to visit the school 21 de Abril in Flores, Riobamba (Fun Fact: this school is called El 21 de Abril because this is the date of Riobamba’s independence). We are planning to partner with this school to do a leadership project called CAP (Community Action Project). There are three phases to this project: Discovery, Design, and Delivery. When we arrived at the school, we were introduced to some of the staff of the school including the principal, Segundo Montero and one of the teachers named Carmelita who is indigenous like most of the community.
The principle gave us a tour of the school and showed us the situation of the school and what were things that they needed to fix. The principle, Segundo was very funny, definitely had an easy going vibe, especially when he tried to speak English. One thing that really hit deep with us was when we saw the deteriorated walls and floors in the classrooms. Their bathrooms lacked toilet paper and water from the sink and toilet. When we went into the classes, it was a much different environment than what we were use to seeing. They lacked the resources and space for 300 hundred students. There weren’t many notebooks, chairs, tables, writing utensils, or games to play. Additionally, the school area had several dangerous areas like the broken glass windows and the uneven cement floors. While we were there, some of the kids in the school were our tour guides! They were friendly, sweet and absolutely adorable! They were also very excited and welcoming to show us their school. We became more compassionate because even in their environment they still had smiles on their faces and showed us the innocent and loving hearts of children. Such an area that we saw is not meant to be a learning environment. Students in 21 de Abril deserve as much opportunity, effort and passion to pursue their dream as one would in the United States. The school, although it was pretty damaged, had a lot of potential for greater and better things for the community.
We just got through the first phase of CAP and have come up with these ideas: remodeling of bathroom and kitchen, painting school walls, painting the lines of the basketball court, and new classroom materials. However, getting to this conclusion was not easy, we had a very LENGTHY discussion but as a group, we made a way to capture everyone’s opinions and cultivate some feasible ideas.
Great things that the rest of the Glimpsers did was help us with translating what the staff from the school was saying-we really appreciated it! Even during our discussion when we had reached many bumps, we were able to smooth it out together and be the cooperative people that we are! BIG LOVE TO ALL!
P.S. – Thank you for commenting family and friends, we have been a bit homesick so hearing your lovely comments brings joy to our hearts!