Secondly, that’s right! Almost done with my 5th week! It has gone by pretty fast, and while classes
can sometimes feel realllly long, this past two weeks have flown by. Today is
Valentines Day! or en español,Dia
del Amor y Amistad! The kids are the cutest, they love this day and making
cards! I did, however, find it is a very hard day to try and teach when all
they want to do is celebrate. My classes are getting better for the most part.
I am getting a hang of these lesson plans and Segundo Ciclo are behaving pretty
well. It will be a little challenge with my older kids, but they all have such
good hearts, in time ill get it.
I have gotten to spend time with the others teachers which
is great. They are so sweet, and give good advice when needed. I was so blown
away when I found out two of them are younger than me! One is 21 and the other
is 19! They are already so mature, smart, and are more on top of things than I
am! I glad we all get to see so much of each other because not only are they
good company but good help when practicing Spanish.
I have started to eat chicken here. It’s mainly because our
lunch usually consists of some kind of meat and I didn’t want the cook, Digna
to have to keep finding avocados for me. Its good, and its always something
different which is nice.
One thing I didn’t except I would have to do here so often
is clean our house! We have to mop/sweep/bleach if necessary/dust the floors/everywhere
basically once a week, mow the lawn every 2, take care of our dog,, laundry on
a pila… it is a lot especially when you really can only do these things on the
weekends because we are at the school all day. And the amount of dishes we use
is crazy, we lovee eatinggg.
In the end, Honduras continues to have beautiful days. Its
not scorching hot yet, so I am still loving the weather. And the view continues
to be amazing, with mountains everywhere you turn. The view from the farm is
3 months till Mango season and we have a mango tree so COME
ON DOWN-we’re having a fiesta de mangos! I can write you a pretty convincing
letter if you want. If you don’t know where I am, ask Mike Lydon. He can pull
out his map puzzle and show you!
Well, as you can see for the picture below, we are in
Honduras! Saturday marked two weeks being in Guaimaca and it has just flown by!
We have been adapting to the community, house, school, and getting to know each
other as well as the sisters. Lets start with the sisters.
Marta and Jenny, one of my housemates, met us in at the airport in Tegucigalpa.
Guaimaca is about 1 ½ away so after we grabbed some lunch at the mall we headed
out. Sister Marta took us to our house, where the other sisters were there. I
have only known them for two weeks but they are all so great! There is Sister
Marta who is our main coordinator of the program. She is funny, organized, and
gets things done! Sister Olga is a hoot, she is just great. Sister Maria is so
kind and well Sister Theresa is just such a sweet person. We are going to be
working with here a lot since she is the coordinator of the school. I want all
of you to meet them, I know you would all love them!! Now, about the house.
beautiful! Outside there is a little garden made by the past volunteers (we
will be adding to it soon-gardening tips anyone?), a table, a hammock that was
just set up and most importantly, a Mango Tree!! (beyond excited) We also have
a dog, Negrita, who I will have a love/hate relationship with throughout the
year (Don’t worry Benji, you are still my favorite). Inside, the house is
lovely as well! My room is right off the living room. Its got the necessities, along
with some roommates (ants) Now, I know I’m great company and really, who
wouldn’t want to be roommates with me –TORI- but I would appreciate it if they
left. We’re working on finding them a new home.
For this program, we will be going to mass, often. While it
seems like a lot going most of the week, it will really help me with my
Spanish, and getting to know people in the community. Mass here is different
from at home.Here, there is a lot
of singing; I can’t wait to get a music book so I can sing along. Both of the
priests seem very nice and enthusiastic about being in this community, which is
great. Last Friday we went to Tegus. To see the Basilica, which is a cathedral.
It was beautiful, and while it was long bus-ride, worth it.
I have learned that my Spanish is a lot better than I
anticipated, although I still have a long way to go. I’m sure my students will
work with me and I will start improving in new time (Even though they speak real fast)! Speaking of school, I got
my class schedule!
I will be teaching Segundo and Tercer Ciclo (8th
and 9th grade) Natural Science and Art/ Music history. I am so
excited! The music one sounds like it will be so much fun, and maybe I can pull
out my piano skills from last semester to try and teach them some piano-LOL! I
have started my lesson plans for my science classes and boy have I forgot
science, but luckily it’s not too in depth so I should be able to teach them
and learn some stuff myself!
I feel like there’s so much more, I just can’t think about
it right now. Oh wait! I never talked about Guaimaca! It is a small town, I
think technically a municipality, but a town nonetheless. This country has
AMAZING fruit and I have been eating beans and rice like nobody’s business, but
am not complaining! We have been able to meet people in town through school,
church, and Jenny who has been here a few months already. We are planning on
having some over soon, so that will be a great way to get to know them and for
them to know us!
GUYS IM IN HONDURAS! I wish I had more to report like funny
stories, life changing events, me being a teacher, me riding a bicycle, but I
think in some way I’m in such a daze I can’t pinpoint any events right now. I
start school on the 4th so right now I’m just preparing, preparing,
preparing! (and enjoying the nature, weather, our group cooking, the dog, our
neighbors, sometimes riding the bike, waiting for mango season,and just taking it all in!) So many
emotions but mostly excitement for all my adventures here.
Well, that’s it for now. Hopefully in two weeks time you’ll
see a new post!
Also, Happy Birthday Ashley and Dana! Whooo!!
Wait, I forgot the most important info!....Jenny, LOVES LOTR. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT WE
HAVE ALREADY WATCHED ALL THREE OF THEM AND ALICIA HAS STARTED TO LIKE THEM AS
WELL. THIS IS FANTASTIC.
As you probably know, I am leaving for Honduras on Saturday for around 10 months. I'll be in a town called Guaimaca, around 1 1/2 outside of the capital. Tomorrow I head to Stonehill for orientation for the week which will be a great introduction to the program and preparation of what I will be doing down there! Anyways, I am hoping to start and continue this blog for the duration of my trip! I tried this once for my previous travel to Bolivia but it didn't go as planned (Take a look: helenheadstoBolivia.blogspot.com). This time I am determined to write AT LEAST every two weeks. I am sure you want updates of my teaching experiences, cultural experiences, spanish improvement, and of course updates of my hair. Feel free to comment..Maybe it will get you a shout-out! lol.
As scary as it is that I will be gone for quite a while, I have never been more excited, nervous, anxious and cannot wait to write a more substantial/entertaining/interesting blogpost than this one. Hope you guys enjoy what's yet to come!