Today our entire group taught in the morning for the first time. This was a different experience for the groups that had been teaching at the Center! Despite the fact that our students were on vacation, they still showed up for class. Several people mentioned that students lose a fair amount of vocabulary over the weekend. This was very true in the youngest class at the center! For the 6-12 class, today was a day of review and practicing sentences for the hike on Wednesday. After teaching all morning, many of us were feeling the affects of the heat and went to La Pechuga (the swimming hole) for a swim.
Later in the afternoon, we went back to the trail where we would take our students hiking on Wednesday. This was our chance to figure out what exactly we wanted to show our students and how to best structure the activities or worksheets that they would be doing during the hike. We also learned some new things related to the hike such as what an agouti is, and that if you are ever unsure about whether something is infested with ants, chances are, it probably is.
After the hike, we headed back to the center for dinner and to plan our final full lesson.
12 students from Marlboro College came to our school to teach English to local children and young adults. Their project is to teach "Environmental English" so that at the end of the 8 day course the students can take a hike and talk about nature (in English) and do activities on the trail that help them develop their awareness of tropical river ecology. Our town, San Isidro de Peñas Blancas has created the River walk to raise awareness of environmental issues affecting our area.