BIENVENIDO A GRANADA
Well I´ve been in Nicaragua just over a week now, and the heat is saturating. Thirty five degree days with the humidity up the wazoo. The rainy season doesnt seemed to have kicked off yet, as we´ve only had the occasional splatter. But I´m not complaining!
I arrived on Saturday 6th by bus from San Jose - about 6 hours driving, 2 hours for border crossing, and got to my house here in Granada no worries mate. I´m living about three blocks from the central park with eight other volunteers from UK, US and Canada. They´re all really neat people and the house is a lively place to hang about.
I did my first week of volunteer work and it was both enjoyable and exhausting! It was an unusual week because we were celebrating El día de los niños - children´s day. So instead of helping out in the class, I had one day of sack racing, one of getting children to eat peices of sweet bread hanging from string with no hands, one of chasing children with balloons tied to their ankles trying to pop them.. you get the picture. It was good fun!
In the afternoons I worked at a more rural school called San Ignacio. It´s actually a new school that will open in July. At the moment we´re running afternoon sessions to get the children in the area used to coming to school, following instructions, holding a pencil and so on, as many of them have never been to school before. It´s exciting and challenging. We have new kids showing up every day, and their ages range from 3 to 10!
On Saturday my friend Johnny from Christchurch arrived - he´s here for six weeks to learn Spanish. It´s so nice to talk to someone who talks normal, and we´ve got some good weekend trips in the pipeline.