March 27, 2017

Day 5: Piñatas, Balloons and Treats

Gateway 2017 School2School HANDS Team:

   We were tired this morning when we woke up … not because we weren’t excited about what was ahead of us today, but because the travel and the long days spent working in the sun were catching up with us. After breakfast most of us fell asleep on the bus on the way to school, grabbing a few extra minutes of sleep before our busy day!

    After we arrived at Bautista Libertad, we started with a game of Bible Pictionary for devotions, and then some ice-breaker / wake up games together between our team and the Grade 11 students. The lively games and the laughter shared between the students was a great way to begin the day together!

    The students shared research presentations with each other, with Bautista sharing about Canada and Gateway sharing what they had learned about Nicaragua. It was interesting to see what the groups had discovered and learned about each other in regards to their history, economy, food, dance and local traditions.

    We spent some time preparing treat bags for the children we would be working with in the afternoon through the Extension Program (outreach from the school/church ). In the afternoon we divided into two groups, traveled to two different locations and worked alongside the students from Bautista to offer games, songs, stories and treats for the children in the Extension Program. The two locations were very different in their levels of energy, number of kids, and in the ways that they responded to our games and stories … However, both were rewarding and learning experiences.

    Our evening was spent back at the Nehemiah Center where we organized our materials and lessons for the crafts and activities we are planning to lead the next day at Bautista Libertad. We again enjoyed our time of reflection, journaling, and mail time together. The evenings are beautiful and serene at the Nehemiah Center, where we soak in the many different sounds of the birds, the roosters, the insects and the neighbouring animals throughout the evening. We relax in the hammocks, at the gazebo, on the rocking chairs, or in other peaceful places around the center. We are thankful for this place that has become our home away from home while we are here!                                         

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