Thursday, August 20, 2009
Today was the first day of school. It was only a half day but I am already dead tired, this teaching thing is no joke. I had 5 classes of elementary school PE and 7th grade bible class. the kids were great and thankfully most of them speak english. We went through all of our warm up drills and played some soccer. It was a great first day. The 7th graders are a little shy but they will come around. Tonight I am going to a spanish Church of God foot washing youth service with some friends but I haven't visited one of the english speaking churches yet. It is very crazy how many churches are on the island but there is very little outreach. A Wendy's opened up about a mile from our apartments this week which is the big excitement in our area of the island. I have already been twice and thoroughly enjoyed my number 6, spicy chicken. Here are a few pictures of the past 2 weeks. We went to the beach on the other side of the island last weekend with the other teachers. the first picture is the apartments for all the american teachers and the others are from the beach.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I have now been in Roatan for 5 days or cinco dias. The weather is great but hot and always humid, the people are incredible and the island is beautiful. Amy and I arrived flew in on Saturday and waited about an hour and a half to get through customs. At this point there had been knots in my stomach for days and waiting in a line clueless as to what is next didn't help. Eventually we got to our bags and were greeted by Ms. Nina, her husband and two kids. They helped us load up our 300lbs. of luggage and took us to our apartment. They treated us to some Bojangles on the way. Nothin' like local cooking!
We arrived at our apartments where we met our knew family of teachers. It seems like college all over again, just hotter with more responsibility and a lack of communication skills. I live with Mitch who is from Kansas and will be teaching 3rd grade. Our apartment is on the second story of an unfinished building on a single hallway where all of the other American teachers are out neighbors. Everybody is very nice, we are able to leave out doors open to the hall and visit from room to room. The new culture is definitely taking some getting used to, especially the language barrier. I am already learning some Spanish and am for the first time in my life enjoying learning it. We have explored about a mile in each direction of our new home where we have discovered some pieces of the beautiful coast, eating pork cooked by kids standing on the street, many local street vendors and the cell phone store.
The school is great, we are going through orientation for the next week but I am already getting a chance to meet kids and get schooled by five year olds in soccer. I love it. All of the equipment which has blown the students away who keep coming up and saying, "ayudo" "can I help". I have been doing nothing but pumping up balls for the past two days. The teachers and other faculty I have met are incredible and I look forward to serving the lord along side of them. I feel like I have been taken into a new family. It is a beautiful thing. God is here and I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.
I don't have my camera chord with me so I will upload some pictures later. Thanks for reading, have an awesome day.