I started out the morning helping a boy do his homework, which consisted of cutting letters out of a newspaper to form different words. Also, he was practicing his cursive. It seems like so long ago that I learned how to write in cursive. After this I started helping a girl with her English homework. Again, that was fairly easy. She is learning basic nouns and adjectives so she had to make basic pharses like "The big house...The red apple, etc." And then...and then she whipped out the math. At first I was like "Okay, I can do this" and then she handed me her assignment and (insert duh-duh-duuhh cliffhanger sound effect here) ...FRACTIONS!!! I haven't done fractions forever so first I had to remember and then I had to explain them in Spanish! I don't even know how to explain them in English!! Also, it was adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators! So I had to try and explain why you have to find a common denominator. I gave it my best shot and the girl was looking at me like I was crazy. Two other girls joined me in trying to explain it, but we had no luck. I would have to say after 3 weeks of being here, this event was the most challenging thing for me so far. We turned to the Resident Coordinator of CIEE for help, who joined us for the day to introduce us to Deporte y Vida, and she did a way better job then we did! She of course did something that we should've done from the get-go! Draw pictures of pie!! Duh! That's what you do when you're learning fractions! Anyway, she was a lot more successful at it then we were and we moved on to helping other chicos. It was kind of sad to leave even after one day! One girl I swear thought we were never coming back. You can tell that they love having people there and I am sooo excited to spend this upcoming semester volunteering there!
|Deporte y Vida is up on that hill :)|
|Houses in the district of Salvador or Chorrillos|
|Walking over a main street (Javier Prado) in Lima|
on the way to the bus station.
|This was a sign on the highway. Care for your life. What a good message|
for life, in general, not just for crossing the street.