Today was the first day that we had a Student Leader of the Day! I was pretty nervous, but we had a big day planned so we were all really excited.

Time to wake up! 6:30 isn’t bad, everyone felt rested and ready for a big exciting day.

After breakfast we had a seminar about Education in Nicaragua and we learned some interesting facts about the education that students receive in Nicaragua. We were pretty excited because we were going to Biblioteca La Chispa (a library completely supported and run off of donations) in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Matagalpa. We spent a couple of hours in the library and we played with at least 70 Nicaraguan kids. A lot of the students drew drawings for us Glimpsers and some of them ran around and played games.

After a sad goodbye, we went back to the hostel and had lunch. Then we had a seminar about teaching English because it was the first day that we were going to teach English to the community in Nicaragua. We broke up into pairs and started to make a lesson plan for our class later that night. We were all pretty nervous but we still prepared our itinerary and started our walk to the school we were going to teach at.

Some of the classes that the pairs taught had 5 to 35 students ranging from 10 year olds to 60 year olds. We all ended up having a great time and our students were excited to go come back to class on Monday.

Although we were tired and it was dark outside, we all walked back to the hostel together and started our Nightly Meeting. Everyone was really kind and had a lot of nice things to say about my leadership skills and how I could improve my techniques. That was when I turned over the leader role to Shahmar and we played a couple of games before we all went to sleep.

It was a great day, and we are all excited and don’t know what to expect when we visit the dump tomorrow.

We are all having fun and we are become really great friends.

We miss you guys!!

– Shane Kent

The Day we visited the library “biblioteca la chispa” I knew that the moment I was going to meet the children I will fall in love and it happened, I wanted to take them all with me. They were all full of joy and I had the chance to play with them, we sang songs, colored, we talked, and I painted their faces. It was hard to say goodbye but most of all I’m glad to have had the opportunity of visiting them; it was the best moment of my life so far. I think I want to be a Nicaraguan now!

Miss you guys!!

-Coral Medina

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