During the extra hour we are adding at the end of the school day we will offer art, music, computer skills, and sports classes. Hopefully if things go well, we could have a Flora Tristan volleyball and soccer team and compete locally! Or at least just have regular weekend games. A big thank you to Cannon for buying me two Mavis Beacon discs (they have it in Spanish now!) and to my mom for sending them to me. We plan on teaching the students at school (and possibly their parents on the weekends in the future) how to type, use programs like Word and Powerpoint, and eventually internet skills. We have a volunteer right now who teaches art back home, and she is developing our art program. The music class will soon incorporate dance, but in the meanwhile while we don't have any really dancey volunteers, it will just be teaching English language pop songs. Maybe if they decide to branch out they'll teach the kids the Electric Slide or something :)
Another project we're working on is getting psychologists, social workers, and nurses/doctors to lead workshops for parents and children on topics like bullying, domestic violence, nutrition, health, sexual health and any other topics that the community says they'd like to learn more about. Our first event will be on February 4th with a psychologist, talking about child development with the parents. I'm very excited! We are going to interview some social work students this week and set up a sort of internship situation with them so that they can run several workshops over the next few months.
Wish me luck, this week is going to be a hectic one!
To close, here's some more pictures of the neighborhood that the school is in:
The outside of the school
The corner shop where we go after school almost every day.
Yes, that is a dog wearing an alpaca pullover sweater.