Friday, December 12, 2014

The weeks fly quickly here at Katitawa

Today two of our volunteers are leaving for Europe. Nina Markl from Austria has spent the last nine weeks at Escuela Katitawa & Biblioteca Rosa Maria and Maria Pedersen from Denmark has been here for five weeks.

Every day Nina has been taking good care of the library. Besides having taught English, German or what ever else is needed, when people drop in for classes at Biblioteca Rosa Maria, Nina has had a group of adult students coming in for English classes all nine weeks.
At Escuela Katitawa she has been one of the volunteers, who work with one of our lovely kids in preschool. Inti has among other things improved his knowledge of Spanish, colours and different shapes.



Maria has been helping with maths classes in group 2 and 3. The kids have benefited from the extra attention and have made good progress. Besides teaching at the school every morning, she has also been a great help at the library in the evenings.


Not only did she give English classes, but she has also been running this blog and our Facebook page, and documenting everything that happened in and around the school with her camera and started an image database.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

One went south, the other went north

Last Friday Krystal from The United States went home and the Friday before Amaia from Spain travelled to Peru.
Amaia Sanchez has been at Escuela Katitawa for six weeks.
After being a helping teacher in group 2 the first couple of days, Amaia took on the task of being their primary teacher with great enthusiasm.
Group 2 has learnt a lot over the last weeks eg. in math where all of them are getting better and better at "mas y menos" etc.
Besides teaching, Amaia also helped our cook Virgina, as often as she had time. She travelled to Peru, where she is meeting new friends, who also volunteered here at Katitawa.
Krystal Kuehl stayed here at Katitawa for two months and did a variety of jobs. Through out the 8 weeks she took care of the garden and did valuable researched about different plants, herbs and vegetables.
Beside the garden, Krystal worked with the preschool kids, taught in group 1, helped with the music classes and did the layout for the nine meter long "theater backdrop" for the upcoming Christmas play.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Yesterday it was the 1st December and the countdown for Christmas also started here at Escuela Katitawa. We surprised the children with two of the european christmas traditions; an advent wreath, which is a wreath decorated with spruce, christmas ornaments and four candles one for each of Sundays of advent. And a Christmas calendar; a calendar with 24 presents, one for each day counting down to Christmas eve on the 24th of December.
Every day, one of the children receives a bag with small presents (mainly sweets). Each bag has a name and a number (date) on them and after a few minutes all the kids knew on which day in December it is their turn.
When the first bag was opened everyone watched with great anticipation!
As we have 21 children at the school, the headmaster, our cook and Roberto are also the lucky recipients of a Christmas calendar gift.