Day 2: Our First Working Day

After a warm welcome and orientation this morning from our amazing host organization/NGO in Boca Chica, Caminante, this afternoon was our students’ first day teaching their lessons to school-age children. Cristina & I lead and accompany the group of six Hiram students who are not nursing majors. Alyssa & Kim did a beautiful job engaging 17 children in their very important lesson on children’s rights. Through lessons, activities, hand-made and hand-illustrated storybooks, and hand-made coloring handouts, they taught the children about important basic children’s rights — that every child has a right to an education, irrespective of documentation status or situation… that every child has a right to a family, a right to their own opinions and ideas, a right to a nationality, a right to recreation and leisure, and the right to not be sold, harmed or exploited. Despite the heat, and in spite of language barriers, they worked beautifully with our dynamic interpreters — Elizabeth AND Cristina — to convey important information. I wish I could be in two places at once, because I would have loved to witness Carson’s lesson in the other teaching group. In just 48 hours, I must say that I am so impressed by our Hiram students’ maturity, positive energy, and flexibility — teaching their amazing lessons along with interpreters requires humor and artful improvisation! The children are wonderful, attentive, and seem to be enjoying it. After 16+ weeks of our students’ preparation for teaching here, we are all in the whirl now — with great support from not only Caminante, but our wonderful hotel staff who help to create a solace at Hotel Zapata. Although prep for teaching has been our focus, it’s apparent now that our learning truly begins in a new and unavoidable way — so many lessons that the children, Caminante, and Boca Chica have only started to teach us…    Robin

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