by Aaliyah ’16
Today I celebrated my 17th birthday in Nicaragua. I have to say it was probably my favorite birthday ever. I woke up to my family playing a birthday soundtrack on repeat. I felt very at home when each family member wished me a happy birthday with a hug and kiss.
After we all gathered for a delicious breakfast at Rafaela’s, we were picked up by the children from La Nicaraguita. Each child took one of our hands and led us tothe school. Their energy was extemely helpful as we struggled with our Spanish to communicate. When we arrived we received a beautiful entrance where the children sang and danced for us. We were then split up in our classrooms. I worked with the children ages three and four. This was an advenure for me as each child was talking at the same time and at a very fast pace. It made my day when they all sang happy birthday for me, first in Spanish and then in English. We then spent the rest of the day with the kids from La Nicaraguita shadowing classes, playing games, singing, dancing, and loving the experience. All in all it was an amazing day and I wouldn’t spend my birthday another way.