Being a leader comes with a lot of responsibility. Even though today was a free day it wasn’t as simple as I thought it would be. As a leader I had to decide the discipline for disrupting the group agreements the day before. We were supposed to go early too roam the city but instead I had to call an emergency student meeting and I had to give the news to the group that the plans have changed. They were pretty shellshocked to hear that we had to stay in the room for an hour. To reflect on our question of the day, “How can we spend our free time wisely?”The great thing was that as a group we overcame the challenge and realized that the small things make a huge difference and after made the rest of the day the best possible day.
As a leader I loved going around and spectating. I enjoyed watching how everyone functioned as a whole. We really rebounded well and everyone walked together as a group. I overheard excellent conversations about how to be better as a group and also talking about how excited we all were to teach for the very first time. We also as a group decided how we were going to organize our time to do the things that we all wanted to do. We went to a couple of stores and then treated ourselves to some sweet Eskimo ice cream.
To end the day we had our very first day of teaching and it was probably THE most rewarding experience so far and i can’t even emphasize it enough. We got to be part of a teaching experience for other peoples life. Being able to interact with people from Esteli was awesome and it really opened our eyes with new ideas, teaching English maybe is just the start of what impact we will make as leaders!
This was a good experience that will forever be tattooed in my mind, being part of a small thing that makes a huge difference is just empowering and something that everyone should get a chance to experience.