Wednesday, March 24, 2010

We had a fun activity with the kids as part of the Olympics. We drew a huge picture of a man and named him Pablo. Then we had a throwing contest with a sponge soaked in paint and had them throw it at him. Depending on where they hit they would get different points, in the end no one cared about their score, but they had a lot of fun with the paint. We made racing bibs for each kid that we thought would be participating, and you can see Lauren and Alonso wearing theirs. They loved their racing bibs and were always sad to give them back, so we had a closing ceremony and said they could keep them all and gave them medals. They were really excited about that.
Herman Umbelina invited us to go to a concert thing with some of the kids. It was a cool concert and there were kids from all different schools there--it was during the day. Afterward we went to a pupusaria in Los Planes with them. The kids were really excited to eat out, and it was a lot of fun. This is Lauren with Carmencita (left) and Xiomara (right) making goofy faces.
We took our week vacation to Costa Rica. We went to Parque Nacional Tortuguero. It was super fun and did boat tours and hung out in the little village that was there on the river.
On the other side of the village of Tortuguero is the ocean, so they are surrounded by water basically. It was a beautiful beach, and we had a lot of fun playing there.
After Tortuguero we went to a little town called Puerto Viejo. It is hippie central and so chill. We ate at a vegetarian/vegan restaurant and had a lot of fun.
We were suppose to go snorkeling, but our tour was cancelled because of bad weather. This is us being really sad. We hung out in the town and did more shopping until we found a lady to do our hair.
She gave us extensions! It was a deal too, she only charged about $30 each. It took four hours each to get it done, so that took basically all day. The next morning we did some more things in town, then went back to San Jose to catch or 20-hour bus back to El Salvador. Awesome trip though, lots of busing. We left on a Monday and came back Sunday. It was good to come back adn see the kids. Some people didn't recognize us with our new hair-dos. We actually stick out pretty bad here in El Salvador, it is not a touristy or hippie place (except for some beaches).
This is a night we had in the Comedor. There are student volunteers here from Canada. They hung out with us and the kids and it was a lot of fun. They seem to spend a lot of time with the kids, and it's been a good experience working with them. . . so far.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

We did a parachute activity during one of our classes. I think the kids could play with the parachute all day, they loved it just as much after half-an-hour as they did when we first started playing. This was a fun day and we just played a bunch of different games for class. Some worked better than others, but it was fun to just play with them.
THis is when we presented Efrain with his new communication book. He really likes it, and it's been very rewarding working with the kids and seeing how much they enjoy them after all the hard work that's gone into putting them together.

For our last class we taught the kids some random things about Asia. I dressed up as a chinese person and I came out speaking jibberish that sounded like chinese-ish. We taught them how to bow as a salutation and they really liked that. We had them color kimonos and taught them about fortune cookies. It was a random but fun class, and the kids seemed to like the fortune cookie part becuase we made them each fortunes and gave them a cookie with it:)
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