Today is the sixth day here and none of us want to even think about the day that is looming in the future when we have to return home. The weather, the people, the food, everything about Honduras has made us completely forget about school and the things that await us upon return such as interviews for co-op or projects for classes.
The children have all stolen our hearts with their ever-present smiles and constant calls of "chiname!," which means "Pick me up!" They call us las gringas, which we see as a term of endearment. Yesterday we were able to go visit Kinder, which in the States is Kindgarten. They are learning very similar things to the children in the States who are the same age. Today we will go visit la escuela primera, which is grades one through six.
Since we haven't been able to blog as often as we would like, I'll go through a typical day. A few of us wake up at 6:00 to go to the day care to help serve breakfast to the children before school. Then everyone gets up and we eat breakfast together, which is always delicious. After breakfast, we split up into two groups of six and some work in side at the day care and some work outside in the backyard in a water irrigation project. We will switch part of the way during the morning. We'll then help with lunch; children from Kinder come back to the day care as well as some of the older children to have a hot lunch. After we go eat our own warm lunch. We usually have downtime after 2:00, during which we make bracelets or play soccer with the local kids or simply hang out and get to know each other.
I could not have asked to be on a better trip. We all get along wonderfully and it feels like we have known each other much longer that we actually have. It's nice to see all of us work together as a team. Everyone steps up and helps.
The weather is wonderful here; everyone will be returning with some color, that is if we return from this amazing place. Also, everyone will definitely be returning with more spanish under their belt, some speaking more and some learning new words.
Hasta pronto! (See you soon!)-