Personally, I have decided to volunteer about 15 hours a week at the school where my kids attend. A little more than 1/3 of the students at the school are scholarship students and live in varying degrees of poverty. We are not talking, kind of or sort of poverty. We are talking no electricity or running water, sleeping on an earthen floor, and never having enough food to go around poverty. Before you think the kids are miserable, allow me to reassure you that they are some of the most appreciative and happy children you will come across. Hearing their giggles, and seeing those bright eyes look back at me while I teach English, technology or math is such a wonderful reward.
Another great idea, especially if you are traveling with children to third world countries, is bring unwanted games, toys or books along with you, so you can donate them abroad. Books, especially, are quite expensive and also difficult to find. Oddly enough, English edition children's books are more readily available than Spanish edition children's books, in Granada. A wonderful idea for anyone traveling to Latin America would be to stop by a local Goodwill or thrift store prior to leaving the US and pick up some used Spanish books for cheap. You would make a school, an orphanage or a library very happy with those used books and it would have an added benefit of teaching your children a beautiful lesson about the power of giving.
|Music and dance are important aspects of the curriculum in much of Latin America.|
|Students of the week being recognized, including my happy daughter Sierra.|
|Our school encourages student project demonstrations.|
|Zoe was very thirsty in class, enjoying the drops of melting ice water.|