April 17, 2012

Tuesday Workday in Belize

PK-Belize HANDS Team:


            Hi this is Bill here and I'm going to tell you a little about the school and my experience in one of the classrooms.  The children show up for 8:30.  Most of them walk; there were a few bicycles.  The day starts with a chapel time at the church on the same property.  School itself starts at 9:00 am.  There is a recess in the morining and lunch is from 12:00 to 1:00.  The younger grades then have school in the afternoon from 1:00 to 2:00.  The older children go to 3:00 pm.  The school started with 6 students and now there are about 220.  Several children come from poor families, single-parent families or blended families.

            I was in a grade 2 class for an hour on Monday and a second hour on Tuesday.  There were about 25 boys and girls sitting at a total of 3 tables.

            Part of my time was during reading time.  The children had to go individually to the book area, pick out a book, and bring it back to their table to read.  I helped a few of the children read their books.  For one of the children, Raymond, it was more like reading to him instead of helping him read.

            For another part of the class, the teacher was explaining tourism and what a tourist was. She said a tourist is someone who visits another country.  The kids were told that someone from Mexico who visited Belize could be a tourist.  She then asked if the children themselves could be a tourist.  Many said no. (Oops..a little more discussion was necessary).  The teacher also asked if there were any tourists in the class.  Well there was only one...me..but I was not the first answer given!  (Some things take a time before they kick in).  I then told them where I was from and what I was doing in Belize. 

            The kids are glad for the attention that they get.  When class was done for the day, I got a couple hugs from the kids whose table I sat at.  There were also lots of "high fives" to give out.

Hey everybody, this is Alex here. I'm blogging today to give Jerry, who's been doing a great job blogging so far.

Yesterday we got a great start on tying the new section of rebar, especially considering we were finishing the previous section and had to go buy it, haul it up to the roof, and lay it out.

So, today I am proud to say that we have been privileged with being the team to finish all the rebar for the next story of the school. If I'm lucky, I'll never have to tie rebar again in my life.  We were actually finished all the tying before lunch.

Our lunch was, once again delicious. We had what appeared to be large meatballs, some rice, coleslaw and a sauce. As usual, there was enough food in once container that some of us were able to share and bless the kids who didn't have lunch with a meal.

Anthony and Ben had the brilliant idea of bringing a soccer ball and a football. At first the kids had no idea what to do with a football, they started out by kicking it but they picked it up pretty quick and started throwing it (pun intended). Eventually there was over a dozen kids playing some catch with Anthony. We also started a soccer game and there was maybe a dozen or so kids playing with myself (Alex), Bill, Tim, Ken, and Ian. Needless to say, the kids were better than we were. The game started out Canada vs Belize (except for Ian who evened the teams) and ended up Belizeans and me chasing the ball around and white guys standing around the nets as acting goalies.

Today, more of us were able to sit in on some of the classes. Bill was able to participate in the same classroom as yesterday, the teacher actually told him that he had "abandoned her". The lesson was on tourism so he made a great prop. I'm going to try and get him to make a post about it so all you readers can get a firsthand perspective. Anthony also had a very positive experience, he gained a new buddy Chico.

If you have any questions about the trip, feel free to comment and I'll make sure you get an answer in either a later post or the comments.

I'll the group picture Omar took when I get one of the cameras he used.


Apr 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Great job of blogging and letting us know how you guys are doing and how the job is going. So with all the rebar done, what is the next plan of attack. Perhaps you could take acouple of cooking lessons and learn how to make those large meatballs and come home and treat us wives to a nice Belizean dinner. Just sayin!!! I am also loving how you guys are enjoying interaction with the kids. They must be so pumped to spend some time with you. God Bless you guys and we are praying for continued safety as the week continues. Keep up the good blogging!!

Apr 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Alex, your brother, sister & I think the cooking lessons are a great idea!!! It would be nice for you to be able to cook something other than fried eggs!! We have enjoyed reading the blog & seeing the pictures!! We pray for you guys everyday.

Apr 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Hey Alex, bring home some barbecued iguana!!! LOL

miss you


Apr 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Yo Alex!

It's great to hear from you! and the food sounds delicious. it sounds like a lot of fun in Belize!!

We all miss you... occasionally Marissa will forget that you're gone and call out for "Alex Wiwwa!". It's funny. :)

Apr 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Hey Gun, looks like your trip is going great and almost done WOW Enjoy your last days. All is well here. luv ya!

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