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Fabiola And Jose....Never a dull moment when they are around.

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Anyone who has visited the volunteer's compound here in Salasaca will appreciate the following pictures of Fabiola and Jose. October 13Th will be her 21st birthday party at her home. You are all invited.
Many have promised to be here for her wedding. We will keep you informed.

Our Second Year Begins.

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September the 4Th marked the beginning of our second year of English classes at Katitawa. Although we had five graduate we still have six of the older kids returning. Four of the six are doing exceptionally well and it is great to see their progress.

We also have four of the littlest kids who have moved up from the kindergarten. Last year we had two one and a half hour sessions per week and now we have a one hour class everyday. Since we are a small school we are able to limit the classes to four children per class which is great for teaching a new language to kids who already speak Spanish and their native Kichwa. We are also including the youngest children in the daily English program which seems promising.

Many of the public schools in Ecuador teach English, but the classes are only one hour per week and are taught to classes of 40 to 50 students by non-native speakers. It is no wonder that these kids when asked the simplest of questions, like "Good morning" or "How …