Today was my first day volunteering. I am going to be spending my weekdays at “the institute” a division of an organization called Granitos De Paz, which is a free day care for parents who need it so they can work to support their families. So today I got to spend the day playing with 2 year olds. 26 of them. In Spanish. Yea, I am tired!
First I had to take the bus. The buses here are not like back home. First off, no AC! Second, they are super cheap. Like 65 cents US. And third, the ones I’ve been on (3 today) all play loud pop or dance music and have disco styling. I felt like royalty in the tassel curtained bus! I would have loved AC though, but I think that’s just going to be my lament for the month!
Check out my morning bus today:
I had a guide for the bus ride so it was uneventful, but tomorrow I ride alone, so wait for that! Fingers crossed.
The institute was great. I spent the day assisting one teacher. She has a class of 26 x 2 year olds so yea, I think I helped some. These kids are adorable and full of life.
The most interesting part of the day was lunch. Tables upon tables of kids (not just our classroom) trying to eat some kind of broth, pasta and meat, all in separate compartments on their plates. And then, the adults, trying to shovel the food into them so they got some nourishment instead of spilling everywhere. I quickly pitched in to help feed the slow dawdlers. OMG The place was a MESS!! No food fight, but it looked like it! The kids had so much food on them, that we then had to take them to a huge sink to wash them. Not just their hands, their arms, faces, and necks. And then, when we brought them back to the classroom, all their shirts came off! Then it was naptime. Isn’t napping the best?
Not everyone slept, but there was a period of mostly silence so who can complain?
Other things I did today:
- Visited the Old Walled City and Bocagrande – photos and more to come! Will be back there many times. The bus there was easy. The bus back less so (see 2)
- Took two more buses one of which was driven by a crazy person racing another bus to pick up all the riders until everyone on the bus yelled at him. I need gravol from now on for bus rides
- Visited a scuba shop – may go diving this weekend. Will probably go diving this weekend
- Got a Sim card
- Had a Colombian cerveza
- Ate yummy plantains and soup
Yea, so way more to come!! Good night!