19.07.2012 - 29.07.2012
One of our June-July volunteers has been keeping a blog about his experience in our computer tutoring program at Casa HOY. He reminds us that even if you plan out activities (or don't) that [b]things don't usually goes as planned in Mexico!
"31 days, that’s a full month. More than a month now as I write this on Thursday. It’s going by so fast, I still have so much to do and see and eat.
Monday, from what I can remember, started with me waking up and eating breakfast, as usual. Then I took my morning shower, sat around for a little bit, then left for work. Not too much happened at work in the morning, I helped Aaron do his English translations(he’s the boy that when he speaks slowly for me he sounds like he’s in the Mafia). So that was fun working with him. Then I watched kids play video games, and played some myself because they wanted to see me beat this one game that nobody could beat. I beat it.
After work, I came back to CCIDD, ate lunch, then Indi and I had to go to Salvation Army for afternoon placement. I was a bad volunteer and didn’t make a lesson plan before hand, so on the walk there we discussed what we would do. Of course, none of it really mattered cause when we got there the internet was out, the older kids were doing laundry, and half of the little kids were just missing. So Indi gave a fun English lesson for the kids, which went amazingly well considering how they were all bummed they couldn’t be on the computers. Then We got them on the computers to draw the alphabet on Microsoft paint, then do calculations on the virtual calculator to learn English numbers. Then the older girls came and the kids started losing focus, so we took them outside to play some soccer and then Bibi, the tendiente, got a baseball game going. All in all it was one of the better days at the Salvation Army.
Upon arrival back at CCIDD we made it just in time for dinner, and Hannah was back again. So we went to the chocolate banana place because that’s what we do every night Hannah is around. There were no chocolate bananas though. We then walked around the center a bit, I got everyone lost in the market again, and tried to order a smoothie but instead got a cup of yogurt with pineapple and mango in it. Nothing new. Flo and I bought toys from a child in the Zocalo, and tried to figure out how they worked back at CCIDD. The light on Flo’s didn’t work, and I lost my rubber band after the first attempt at launching it. The cat enjoyed them very much though, so they weren’t a complete waste."
Read more of his blog here: Volunteer Blog