Last week was Spring Break at Meredith College so what a better way to spend it than teaching in Belize! The Chaplain, Stacy, took a group of ten (including herself) to Cahal Pech, Belize for a week. We left very early Saturday morning, I was at the airport by 5:30, and we arrived in Belize around 1pm local time. It was an amazing experience. Sunday, we started off our trip with a little hike through the rain forest and some cave tubing (oh you know, no big deal!). It was BEAUTIFUL!!! and so much fun! We also went to a church service that night done by a local pastor and his family. It was done in Spanish but was translated by the pastor’s oldest daughter. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday were spent working at Faith Nazarene School. I worked with Standard Five. They were ages 11-15, but mostly 13 years old. I worked with them on multiplication facts, writing, grammar, and reading comprehension. It was really cool to see how a classroom in a different country works. I definitely experienced culture shock inside of the classroom. I was able to teach a lesson, grade a bunch of papers, work one on one with some students, and help host a writing workshop. So cool! It was hard to leave on Friday! What about Wednesday? you might be wondering, Well, Wednesday was the presidential election in Belize which means it was a holiday and no school or work. (I most definitely think election day should be a holiday in the states!) So, we traveled to Guatemala and toured Tikal, an ancient Mayan ruin site. SO COOL! The temples were terrifying to be on but the view was gorgeous! We spent our nights debriefing, relaxing, planning, hanging out, or at the church. It was such a great trip and opportunity. I could have spent my break relaxing on my couch but getting to go serve in another country will be much more memorable. It was unBELIZEable.
March 18, 2012