Week 2 started out with a bang, English and computer classes with the students, staff and 8 people from town.Â Some of the new students have no computer experience, but they really seem to be fast learners.Â I was pleased to find out that many of last yearâ€™s students remembered a lot of the English they learned last year.Â My biggest challenge right now is the classes for the people from town.Â They are a group of people forming a tourist association and want to prepare by learning to speak English.Â It is very different from the kids because they have a greater desire to learn, but share some of the same problems in pronunciation that I have with Spanish.Â We will both learn a lot from each other. I have also started back with my Spanish lessons, and fortunately, I did not forget all I had learned while home for 2 months.Â I thank God I am much better at communicating than a year ago.
The rice is now ready to harvest, and we had two afternoons working in the chaco.Â I was asked to stay and help cook so our cook could go harvest rice.Â She was the champion and harvested more than anyone else, so I guess that means I will be in charge of cooking on the afternoons of working at the chaco since my harvesting skills are lacking.
I made the bad mistake of bringing a room thermometer with me this year.Â Yesterday at 6 p.m. it was 98 degrees in my room. Thank God for cold showers and my fan. The rainy season is starting to change, and we have not had rain for five days with hardly a cloud in the sky. The heat has been on.Â I have a hard time getting the students to drink enough water. They are like the kids at home; they want soda all the time and spend their own money for it. At our meals, we usually have fresh fruit juices and herbal teas, which are very refreshing.Â As I finish this post, I see clouds moving in so maybe today will be the day the heat breaks.
Until next time, please remember all of us here at the internado in your prayers as we try to teach Godâ€™s way to the students here.
Grace, love and peace,