by Robby Fishman’19
Once again, I woke up to the sounds of all the roosters and dogs greeting us in the morning. During the first couple days, to be honest, I didn’t like it one bit, however I have started to get use to it, and even look forward to it, since it is something I never experience back at home in Yardley.
After my host brother walked me to Rafaela’s house, we had another amazing breakfast, which is one of the many things I will miss when we return to the USA. After breakfast, we talked about what we were going to do throughout the day, and we practiced our dance routine, which we had to perform not once, but twice. At 7:00 sharp, a group of first graders from La Nicaraguita came to escort us to the school. Hand in hand, we walked to the school, and I got to know the kids I was walking with. One was very outgoing, however, the other one seemed a little bit more introverted and shy similar to me.
At La Nicaraguita, we were greeted with what I could swear was the loudest round of applause I have ever heard in my entire life, despite there only being around 100-125 people. The students of the school put on an introductory ceremony for us, and we all got to go up and introduce ourselves to the younger students and their teachers. We finally got to perform the dance we were working on, and it was met with positive reception. Immediately after, we all went to our classrooms. I was with the youngest group of kids, which were the preschoolers that were about 4 years old. With having experience working with kids for almost 4 years working as an assistant teachers and an instructor at The Little Gym of Langhorne back in the USA, I thought I had seen all there was to see. Boy, was I mistaken, Immediately, all the children greeted me with hugs, accompanied by various “Hola! Como te llamas?” (Hello, what’s your name?). Although I had a hard time understanding all the children since all of them were introducing themselves at once, I enjoyed the affection and playfulness. Throughout the first half of the day up until around 11:00, we all helped the kids with different tasks. Since I was in the preschool, I helped them brush their teeth, and learn how to write several numbers, including a new one for them, the number 4.
After this, we went to have a delicious lunch at Rafaela’s house once again. After lunch, everyone was exhausted! Most wrote entries in their journals and slept for around an hour, however I solved a couple rounds of Soduko, one of my favorite games to play on the go. Around an hour later, a group of older kids from La Nicaraguita came to escort us back to the school, where we sat in on their classes. I was with an eighth grade class, and although I did have a hard time understanding what exactly the lesson was about, I got the general gist of it and was able to help the teachers write on the whiteboard. After classes, we went to another opening ceremony with more wonderful poems and dances, and we got to perform our dance once again. We walked back to Rafaela’s house, had a nice dinner, and then waited for our host families to walk us home. I talked for a little bit, however around an hour after I got home, I was exhausted and ready to go to bed and have another amazing day tomorrow!