WERK!

Hey Everyone!

So it feels like I JUST wrote one of these but since I’m trying to post twice a month I will go ahead and give another update!

If you had a chance to read my last post, you might remember that I mentioned I was about to go to a Recycled Art Conference in Quito with two teachers from Celica. Unfortunately after a lot of work getting the teachers time off to attend said conference, they cancelled on me… the day before we were supposed to leave…

When the Principal actually told me they couldn’t go I wanted to be like…

you blew it

But instead I was just like…

disappointed nod

Thankfully, I ended up being able to attend the conference by myself so all was not lost.

While I was there I got to meet new volunteers and hang out with volunteers from my training class. I also learned a lot of new arts & crafts projects that I can hopefully use with my groups! To be honest, all of the Ecuadorian counterparts were REALLY good at all of the projects and in the end I just pretty much felt like…

llama art

After the conference I got to spend a night in Quito with a few other volunteers so it was definitely a nice little trip away from site.

 

Fortunately, even though I had to cancel my recently started Kid’s Club, Girl’s Night and English Club, to go to the conference, people still attended all of them this week!

yesss

I did a theater/acting activity with my Kid’s Club and I was shocked at how much they got into it and just LOVED it! They all just continue to surprise me! I always expect them to be like…

youre weird

But instead they’re just like…

mad here

It definitely makes it that much more fun/rewarding!

Because of how great my Kid’s Club is going, I have decided to hold a 2 week day camp during the upcoming vacations here in October! I am planning on doing tons of fun and educational activities for the kids that aren’t traveling so they have something to do in their free time! Other volunteers are also going to come help me with activities on Community Health, the Environment and other important topics so all in all I’m feeling pretty much like…

food awesome

 

As far as other projects are concerned, my Girl’s Night is still struggling to take off, so I recently asked some of the adolescent girls that I work with, in what ways can I change it around to make it more successful? In the end I think that I’m going to need to make a general Youth Group for boys and girls because you know how it is with teenagers, all they want to do is…

flirt

So after the upcoming vacations in October, I’m going to try to switch it to a Youth Group and hopefully it will motivate some more people to attend and then I can reach more youth in the community.

This week I also gave a presentation about Environmental Protection to the high school Environmental Club that my Landlady is in charge of. I was working with them weekly but realized that my talents would be better used elsewhere and yesterday definitely confirmed that decision!

There is such little discipline in those classes that whenever I teach them I have to be all like…

youshallnotpass-_gandalf

And then after I’m done I end up going home and am all like…

angry snack

So I think it’s best that I’m only giving monthly workshops now!

I am also still working with the clubs at one of the elementary schools. This week was the Sports Club so I taught them how to throw/catch a Frisbee in hopes that one day we could play Ultimate Frisbee together. It was definitely fun and the kids had a blast, but we did manage to get a Frisbee stuck on a roof and the maintenance man had to retrieve it. He was pretty much like…

grumpy-cat

And by the end of the class none of the kids could actually throw or catch the Frisbee. but of course they still had fun and I got to show them a little bit of “American” culture!

I am also still teaching substance abuse prevention classes at that same elementary school and next week I’m supposed to expand to another school. I’m hoping that it works out but in my head I’m kind of like…

cake

In about a week, our training group will have it’s Midservice training, which is held one year after we are in our sites. Technically, it will be one year and a month but who’s counting!? That is also held in Quito so I will have to make that trip again, but it will be the first time in about 10 months that our entire group will be together again so it’s definitely worth the trip!

After the training I will have my medical exams and will find out if I have amoebas, parasites or any other lovely creature hanging out in my body! I would not be surprised if I do because every time I get sick here I’m just like…

ignore goes away

But I will keep you posted with the details!

Once I get back from Midservice, my counterpart and I have arranged to meet with the local government to discuss ideas for making a playground! This is my DREAM PROJECT and this meeting will be the deciding factor on whether or not I can even move forward with it. I will hopefully be able to write another post before then, but if not… Wish me luck!

OK so I think that’s all I have for now!

I hope everything is great in your part of the world!

Peace Out!

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ALL OF THE PROJECTS!

Hey Everyone!

Things in Celica are busy, busy, busy!

I have been working my tail off these last few weeks and I gotta tell you, at the end of the day I usually feel like this…

sleep

But I also feel like this…

good-day

 

Since the last time I posted, things have really taken off! I started an after school club for kids that meets twice a week (for the time being) and I couldn’t be happier with it!

More and more kids show up each week and no matter what I’m teaching, the kids are just like…

popcorn

I must admit that it is exhausting, but I’m VERY excited about all of the American holidays coming up that I’ll get to teach them about and celebrate with them! The club is going so well that if kids keep coming at this rate, I might start having it more than twice a week. However, if I do that, I might end up like this…

hats

 

Outside of the Kid’s Club, I have also organized a less-than-successful Girl’s Night! This is a group for teenage girls that meets once a week to do arts and crafts, watch movies, make friends and discuss important topics to women etc. So far I have had a fluctuation of 3-7 girls a week and only 1 consistent attendee, but I am not giving up yet! Hopefully in the next month or so I will be able to advertise the club more and if need be, make it for a younger age group since they seem to be the most interested! Right now when I think about the group I’m pretty much like…

youths!

But hopefully I will be able to tweak the group to fit the needs of the community more.

These past few weeks I have also started 2 English Clubs, one that was organized by a local high school teacher and another that was organized by one of my Red Cross youth! Both classes have very different dynamics but all of the students expect to be able to speak English fluently in a matter of hours, to which I am just like…

why you fail

When I shared with them that I have been studying Spanish since I was 12 years old they were all like…

shocked

But it let them realize that it takes a long time to learn a language and that they shouldn’t get too discouraged. In the end, I will be curious to see who sticks around the next couple months!

At the beginning of August I also started teaching Substance Abuse Prevention classes at one of my local elementary schools. While it sounds like all I’m doing is this…

drugs are bad

I am really teaching classes that focus on life skills such as decision making, self-esteem, feelings, coping with anger/anxiety, peer pressure etc.

So far, I LOVE IT! The kids are always excited to see me and the teachers are always surprised at how well I can control the little monsters! I’m only on week 3 of a 10-12 week course but I’m excited to see how it goes and I’m also excited to start the curriculum at other schools!

Outside of those personal projects I have also been helping with the local school clubs! I helped one music club find different instruments they can make out of recycled materials and also taught a lesson on “American” music. That was pretty much like…

rock

I also taught 3 dance clubs how to do the “Electric Slide” and the “Cupid Shuffle” which was so much fun! The kids also showed me some of their traditional Ecuadorian dances and the next time I go they are going to teach them to me! I’m sure I’m gonna nail it like…

dancing 2

I have also been helping another local elementary school with their clubs but I am pretty sure that I will be trying to change my role there. For 2 weeks my main responsibility has pretty much been cutting foam into various shapes to which I am like ….

seriously

 

Then when I finally got the opportunity to give a real lesson about nutrition, the teacher was very rude. He had a lenghty conversation with another teacher during my lesson until I was finally like…

shhhh shut up

And then 30 minutes into my 45 minute lesson, he brought in 20 students from a different class! At that point I was like…

fuming controlling emotions

I tried talking to the teacher afterwards but he was pretty much like…

whtvr

So I just had to tell myself that it was probably a cultural difference and will now discuss these things ahead of time with whoever I am presenting with.

I am also trying to adjust my role in that school to working with older classes and having my own teaching time with them to avoid issues like this in the future.

Finally, I have also organized to take 2 local teachers with me to a Peace Corps Recycled Art Conference in Quito this week! While the bus ride to and from is extremely long and makes me all like…

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I think that this is a great opportunity to teach more people about Peace Corps and also gain more credibility within my community. It will also give me an opportunity to start more projects in the school that the teachers work for! Hopefully it will be successful and fun!

I will let you know how everything goes in my next post!

Well, as you can tell I am pretty busy and I’m loving it!

I hope everything is great in your part of the world!

Peace Out!