My heart was overflowing.
We popped into a Kindergarten classroom for a few minutes before heading to the 7th grade classroom, where five of us spent the afternoon with 32 students. The teacher provided some time for us to do a lesson with the students, and Rachel jumped right in with hers! The four of us supported her thoughtful and successful lesson – the students loved it, especially the postcard activity. We observed for the remainder of the time, and we were lucky enough to be in their classroom for their English lesson. They planned an imaginary party to practice their English (describe who they would invite, what food would be there, what time, etc.). It was wonderful to use some of my Spanish to help them with their English!
Following our time in the school, the headmaster (principal) presented each of us with certificates of participation, which are completely in Spanish. These will be a wonderful addition to our portfolios!
It’s moments like these that make me feel so thankful to be here in Chile. Visiting Elsa Santabañez was a wonderful, eye-opening experience.
Today (Friday) we walked around the heart of Santiago and visited Cerro Santa Lucia, where we climbed all the way to the top. It was unbelievably breathtaking, which leaves me even more excited to hike in the Andes tomorrow. If we had this view of the mountains today from far away, I cannot begin to imagine how they will look while we’re actually on them… Though I promise to share plenty of photos, I hope to also take some time without looking through my phone to fully absorb the enormity of the moment.