Over the past several years, I’ve established some good relationships with the English teachers at Otto Hubbe, one of the schools just outside Carpio. Last month I was invited to their first ever English festival–a new requirement by the Ministry of Education, as they raise the standards for English and hope to motivate the students in their language learning.
The day before the festival, I found out I was leading the spelling bee, and judging the speech competition! So, instead of sitting and watching, I was up at the microphone quite a bit. It was a great time, especially since about 40% of my students attend Otto Hubbe, and many participated on stage, others shouted out greetings from the bleachers.
I took along our two North American short term volunteers, Connor and Rachel. The day started off with breakfast for all the invited guests/judges. We were very impressed with the amount of planning that went into the festival. The decorations were amazing, all the teachers at the school were involved, there were many varied presentations and the children who participated in the speeches and spelling bee did exceptionally well in English! And at the end of a long and noisy morning, the school surprised us once more, with a special lunch just for us, as well as some small gifts. Truly, they outdid themselves!