It’s been a long time since we’ve shared stories, and a lot of things have happened since then. Our school year started in February and I’ve been working with 3 Nicaraguan English teachers in my high school here. I work with the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade classes. There are so many students in each class! A couple of them have 50 students! It’s a little difficult sometimes to work with such big classes, but I’m getting more comfortable with it and the students are beginning to enjoy the lessons. It’s hard because they don’t use English outside of the classroom and they only have 3 hours per week of English classes so they have to work very hard to improve. My principal and counterpart teachers got me a school polo shirt to wear because they said I’m part of their team.
I’ve also got to do some traveling since we’ve last talked. I’ve visited friends and traveled with my host brother. Most recently, I hiked through a canyon and floated the river inside. It was awesome! We saw some giant spiders and teeny tiny frogs too. We had so much fun. I hope I can go back there sometime.
The third week of this month is called “Holy Week” which is part of the Catholic celebration for Easter. There is no school for the whole week and I’m extra excited about this because my parents are coming to visit me!! I haven’t seen my parents in 7 ½ months so this will be so great for all of us :) I’m sad my brother can’t come this time, but I’ll hopefully see him this next Christmas. It’s weird going so long without seeing friends or family from back home, but this experience makes me grateful for all they have done for me throughout my life.
My host sister had her baby & our cousin had one too.
Some friends visited from back home and we went to the beach, volcano surfing, zip lining, and stayed overnight at a lake in the crater of a volcano.
We had a celebration in our town for the 116th anniversary and there were lots of horses because we live in "cowboy country".
I went to a language workshop with a bunch of other volunteers to our training towns to practice Spanish and see how much we had improved in the past few months. We also had some fun while we were all together.
Went to a baseball game in my town.
That’s about all the excitement for now. I’ll let you know how my parents’ visit goes. Maybe Mrs. Proudfit can give some letters to my parents to bring down here if you want to write something. Talk to you all soon!