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Centro Maya

El trabajo es difícil pero vale la pena

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We just finished our sixth day working at Centro Maya. The first week has been a bit up and down. Until we get to know the kids better, it´s going to continue to be difficult. We also discovered quickly that we need to be proactive with the teachers to make sure they tell us what the overall goals are when working with each kid. (I guess I shouldn´t keep saying kids as some of them are as old or older than us). After we started being more proactive, the activities started going better. Knowing what we´re trying to achieve with each student makes a big difference. Still, many are in only their first or second year at the Centro and are thus having to get used to learning after spending up to 20 years or more mostly at home. While the work can be frustrating at times, it is extremely rewarding when the students get it and make progress. Plus, we got to have some fun this week, going to the beach and having a party on the national Día de los Niños (Kid´s Day).

So far, the best thing that has come out of working there has been our new living situation. On top of the 8 members of the family living there, there are two other extranjeros, one from France and one from Spain, both of whom started out as volunteers. Both have stayed so long that now they are like part of the family. The youngest girl has taken quite a liking to Kim and has started to hang out with us almost every night, even helping Kim with her Spanish homework. It has been and I think it will continue to be a great opportunity to practice our Spanish. While I can only really speak for myself, I think we´re both feeling much more comfortable here and we´re both improving our Spanish every day, especially Kim.

Posted by BenjaminE 15:53 Archived in Guatemala Tagged volunteer

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Dear Ben and Kim,
It sounds like you are making good progress with a worthwhile endeavor. We think of you often.
Lots of Love, Grandma and Grandpa

by Roberta Kreider

What a wonderful "life experience" for you! Thanks for letting me enjoy your experiences vicariously. Your descriptions of the people and their lifestyle reminds me of my time in Yucatan. I will follow your blog reports. Buena suerte en sus trabajos. The comment box keeps underlining all the Spanish words!!

by Ed Fender

Wow - I love how you are immersing yourself into the community. What a great way to live.
Mom

by Bonita Nussbaum

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