I’ve always valued my education, and I know a significant part of my identity and beliefs are shaped by my schooling. In fact, with each year that passes I am more grateful for the education I received. It was good quality, public education all the way from kindergarten through high school and into university. I was taught to explore and discover, question and analyse, express … Continue reading Self-censored
So it’s been a little strange coming to terms with the fact that I am in my last few days living in Gonzanamá. Truly, I’ve been really happy here. In the days after the decision to move was made, I had a lot of peace about it. When telling people here I was going to leave, I’d say “Me da mucha pena irme” (it’s a … Continue reading last days, cold feet
Culture clash? Thankfully, I haven’t really experienced culture clash as such. I think having travelled before has helped me adapt to any new situations so that I don’t “feel” cultural differences so markedly. That said, there are certain differences that are mildly inconvenient! The culture here is much more sexual, even from a young age. One example is the tradition of electing reinas (beauty queens), … Continue reading Clash or conform?
So I’ve always thought I was sufficiently assertive. In a non-confrontational way. I’ve been firm about only helping out in English classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. I told them point blank that I do not want to take their lessons for them, because I am there to help. I was warned by the other missionaries about teachers walking out on classes and leaving me … Continue reading Doormat?
Two important ministry beginnings at the Colegio Técnico Aguapecuario – a government technical college/high school, conveniently located around the corner from where I live. Club de desayuno (breakfast club) This idea is totally a rip-off from the wonderful people at Fusion, with whom I’ve been privileged to work over the last 5-6 years! But everyone thinks it’s fabulous, so I have a good feeling that … Continue reading Breakfast and English