A special note from Kristina, Program Director:
“I am on the Island of Ometepe in Nicaragua writing to you. Yesterday I toured the whole island on a motorcycle with a guide. I stopped to swim in the natural springs which is supposed to rejuvenate me and make me younger. We were often stopped by a heard of water buffalo, saw many pigs, and lots of horses roaming freely.
Some roads were so rough we were riding over large rocks and through small rivers. The lake is rising above normal so I saw a lot of trees and docks submerged. The beauty of this island is breath taking. I highly recommend visiting. It was one of my biggest adventures ever!”
Day 4: Presentation at Escuela Nuestra Señora de Lourdes (Don’t forget to see the slide show below!)
I returned to Barva and Senora de Lourdes School to give a presentation to the teachers and students. First I shared two cultures with the students before explaining the program to all the teachers. I invited the 5th grade students who I will be teaching with next winter for a presentation. They really enjoyed learning about Guatemala and Vermont and Kids Share Workshops. I think they enjoyed seeing similarities and difference with both cultures.
Each new year Kids Share Workshops reaches new communities, therefore more opportunities to cross culturally share. The program’s goal is to have fun while sharing lives. Additionally, I am organizing a program to reach rural coffee communities with the help of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and their employees next winter. I have a vision that if we keep finding creative ways to bridge cultures through the hearts and minds of children, the future for all of us will be brighter and happier. Hurray!