Belize has been on my mind lately.
I miss my students
I miss the heat
I miss the 'fruits of the spirit' song I taught
I miss ambergayes caye
I miss Mr. najarro
I miss cave diving
I miss the 75 ft waterfall
I miss the food
I miss San Ignacio, Belize
Last May I went on a study abroad trip to San Ignacio, Belize and taught 2nd grade. For two weeks, I invested in these students lives inside & outside the classroom. While being in 90 degree heat with a humidity of most likely 99%, we taught these students what we knew. We brought in these ways of learning that they had probably never even dreamed of seeing. We showed them exciting and fun ways to learn instead of sitting in their seats and copying word after word from the board. After all, they were only 7 years old. I learned so much throughout these two weeks that I never could have imagined learning in this time span. It was hard, it was tiring, it was hot, and some days I didn’t want to get up and stand for 7 hours in a classroom with zero air conditioning, but it was worth it. These kids were smart. These kids wanted to learn, and showed me that schools can have no resources, and yet they can still learn. They were still as smart, and maybe even smarter than the students in America.
This one little girl captured my heart while I was there. Her name was Hayley, and she was beautiful. She lived in a small village a little ways away from the school and always brought new things in to class to show me. One day, she came in with new tennis shoes that lit up, and I could just see in her beautiful green eyes how excited she was about them. She had the coolest crayons, and always seemed like she was ahead of the game in fashion (they also wore uniforms, but I just had a sense about her fashion). This is Hayley.
After the two weeks of teaching and exploring we flew to an island called San Pedro which was off of Belize. We stayed there for the weekend and snorkeled in the Belize Barrier Reef!! I will admit, I cried the whole time, while my sweet friend Rachel held my hand. haha I'm just a little afraid of sharks...and we swam in this place in the ocean literally called "shark & stink ray alley." But hey. I survived, and I'm extremely glad I did it.
Here are some pics from the trip: