Our group has arrived in Chira. For me, it feels like a dream to have returned to this rural, island community. I have to pinch myself to believe that I’m back with another incredible group of students. We’ve received a very warm welcome from students at the elementary school, teachers and local families.
The weather is HOT, over 40 degrees and very humid, but it’s barely slowing down the students who are mixing cement (thankfully with the help of a cement mixer) in order to extend a cement pad and erect a basketball net.
The students are immersed in the local culture as they stay with host families, most of which speak little to no English; but they are taking it in stride and learning word by word.
This morning, we presented the school with various items we collected in Calgary including toothbrushes, dental floss (all for a dentist in Calgary), frisbees from the Calgary Ultimate Association and soccer balls from the One World Futbol Project. And last but not least, we presented a teacher and the principal with a special surprise to help them deliver a first world education in a developing country… a “video-ben” or an LCD projector. This morning, the sixth graders used the projector to learn a dance that they will present next week at a cultural festival. Instead of crowding around the netbook to learn the steps, they could all watch the chalkboard and follow the steps.