Here's another re-cap of Tuesday - By: Caroline Qatsha and Katieanne Peterson
Tuesday was a day-- a day full of fun! The first activity was another trip to Escuela La Lucha, the school we have been working with. Students were split into two big groups; one working on exterior work like the fence, and the other working on interior work (painting and teaching children). The exterior group was split into two sub-groups, one working on pulling out old fence posts while the other cleaned up the area in preparation for the new fence. The interior groups was split into three groups - one group was painting while the other two taught the students. One group taught english and the other group taught music. We have made some progress on the fence along with painting some of the interior walls.
There is a recess time at the school and two girls wanted us to do the limbo with them. We held the ends of the rope and let them go under-- both were super flexible. Then we both went up, and Caroline rolled under the rope, and Katieanne fell while trying to go under. After the limbo, they wanted us to play freeze tag, and Katieanne was "it"-- the entire time. However, it was super fun to interact with the children and try to learn more Spanish.
After a morning of work at the school, we all took a short hike to our homestay families. This part was one of the most exciting parts of the day. We started by eating lunch they had prepared. Our group's meal consisted of rice and beans, chicken, pineapple, vegetables, strawberry tea, and orange juice.
After we ate, our family taught us many traditional games. The first was a fun game where you and a partner both had spoons in your mouth. One spoon is holding a potato. The partners are standing opposite of one another and you walk to your partner and transfer the potato onto their spoon. We had a race between partners and the winners received some fresh strawberries. The next game we played was a rendition of hot potato. If you were caught with the potato, you had to go into the middle of a circle and dance. After hot potato we played a game that could coincide with the American game "Simon Says." It was called "Enano/Gigante." You had to go up and down on command and if you messed up, you were out. The winners received some Costa Rican candy. Lastly, we played musical chairs, except since we didn't have music we just danced around the chairs. It was so much fun to just laugh and be in the moment.
Eating lunch with the host families is a really cool experience because we get to practice our Spanish. Already, we both feel like we have reached a new level of communication. While we may not understand what they are completely saying, we get the gist and can interpret. Overall, the host family experience has been super rewarding.
Tuesday was a fun day full of excitement!