Today we had a very fun packed day. For our first activity of the day, we traveled to Los Bohios. A museum that exhibits Dominican culture. We had a very informative speaker that gave us a presentation on the country’s traditions. As a special treat to our glimpsers, the Los Bohios staff gave us Cabase, bread made from Yucca root, to eat and Dominican hot chocolate to drink. Additionally we were given a tour of the site which had beautiful housing structures made from palm trees. Glimpsers were able to take a break at the site and played basketball, dominoes, and slid on a very large hill!
After lunch time, glimpsers were able to enjoy more Dominican culture by participating in dance lessons. The dance styles students practiced include Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa. Our instructor was incredibly helpful and gave all of the students the confidence to practice their moves. Our program coordinators, John and Julio, brought the energy, enthusiasm, and slick dance moves. It was an amazing experience that everyone enjoyed! Hopefully glimpsers will bring some dance moves back home 🙂
The third major activity of the day was our English Language Learner (ELL) Seminar. During this seminar, students learned how to teach ELL students and created lesson plans to teach local students this coming Friday. This required students to think outside the box and take the role of a teacher. One student told me “I finally realize the difficulty of being a teacher”. A comment I truly appreciate as a History teacher!
Overall the day was not only fun, but a truly educational experience for our glimpsers. They learned about the Dominican culture while also analyzing and understanding aspects of American culture. It was also a great day for team bonding. During all of the activities, from dancing to lesson planning to playing hide-in-seek in the dark, students were supportive of one another and would make anyone’s parents proud. Stay tuned for more to come!