My time here in Colombia is quickly coming to a close, and lately I have been busier than ever! Here is the latest and greatest from the happiest country in the world!
Teaching English for Primary Classrooms (TEPC)
For the last two years I have worked with fellow volunteers to hold weekly night classes for public school teachers from across Santa Marta. It has been a very rewarding project and so fun to see these teachers enthusiastic about bringing these new methodologies into their classrooms. We held our final class and presented the teachers who attended the majority of the classes throughout the year with certificates. They insisted on taking us out for a nice dinner to say thank you, and it was delicious!
Women and Gender in Development
I attended my last Women and Gender in Development committee meeting. Although I never managed to get a girls group started at my school due to a lack of interest from counterparts, I was able to use a lot of the materials we complied in this committee to hold workshops for girls and young women at my school and in the community. This is an amazing group of volunteers and I am excited to see future projects from PC Colombia!
A new group of volunteers (CII6) arrived in August and have been in Barranquilla completing their pre-service training. Last Friday I found out who will be replacing me at my school! His name is Erick and I am already positive that he is a perfect fit for Simon Bolivar. The new Santa Marta group came to visit for a couple days this week. We all went out to a welcome dinner last night at Pizza Vomito (yep, your high school Spanish is not failing you, it’s actually called ‘vomit pizza’). Today and tomorrow the new volunteers are visiting their schools to meet everyone and observe some classes. Erick hit it off with the teachers and kids right away today and everyone is so excited to start working with him! As sad as I am to leave my school, I am so happy to know that I am leaving it in such capable hands!
My last day of school is this Friday and then I will have a few days to pack and do all my favorite things a few more times! I can’t believe I am saying this but…less than 2 weeks left in Colombia!
Until next time…….paz y amor.