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Breakthrough with a student

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This morning at the Centro I experienced a breakthrough with one of the students, Israel. He is one of the fairly lower functioning boys that hardly ever says even one word to anybody. But today, he asked me two questions in full sentences! He asked me how my father was and then where my father was, albeit both questions were in Tz´utujil (I figured out what he asked me with the help of other students). The fact that he wanted to interact with me is a huge step and just that he recognized that even I, an extranjero, have a father is great progress for him, according to one of the teachers. Now it´s up to me to build on this progress by learning some words and phrases in Tz´utujil so I can interact with him better.

Posted by BenjaminE 16:39 Archived in Guatemala Tagged volunteer

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:-) This gave me chill bumps! I'm sure you are totally thrilled!

by islander13

This brought tears to my eyes. What a gift you are giving to the kids that you teach.
Love Mom

by Bonita Nussbaum

How absolutely wonderful! That is the rush of being a teacher. You just scored a goal, soccer man!
Next phone call: how is it that you pronounce "Tz'utujil"?
Au revoir- C-

by cecelia Elaine Lyon-Forrest

Thanks for the inspiration - you know this is starting to read like a really good movie. You're getting thick into the plot, and the scenery and characters are coming alive with every word.


by Jill & Charlie

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