Monday, September 23, 2013

Finally figured out pictures!

This is Becky and I at a Habitat for Humanity ceremony in San Pedro Sula

 The tiny speck over the waterfall that you might be able to see is me! 

 Honduras in all its glory

My spider friend

 I asked a guy the name of this tree. He told me "the tourist tree." Why? Because it's red and peeling. Hilarious because it's true

 The bird that didn't like me

 My owl friend

The guide at the ruins in Copán told us this was a statue of an elephant. There were no elephants in Honduras when the Mayans lived there. It's the tail of a Jaguar. I never questioned it. Still living in blissful denial.

 For my mother. PELICAN!

My hot date for Friday night, President Lincoln


 My other spider friend

 My beautiful roommate Rosella on her birthday

Tree root growing through Mayan ruins in Copán

Friday, September 6, 2013

That's right, they call me Ms. Harkey

I AM A TEACHER NOW. There are some 70 odd students at El Buen Pastor Episcopal School who are walking around calling me Ms. Harkey. It's a bizarre experience for me, having just come out of college where I referred to everyone as Dr., Mrs., Mr. etc. Now I am one of them.

These past two weeks of school have been somewhat of a blur, but absolutely wonderful. My students have so much energy and excitement, which makes it that much easier to teach them. Any former/current teachers out there? Because I am always open to suggestions, advice, prayers, anything.

I'm teaching Social Studies to 8th, 9th, and 10th grade, and we're already in the swing of things, doing projects, homework (which they hate), group work (which they love), and just generally getting to know each other.

I've also begun study sessions with students getting ready to take the SAT and TOEFL. They are really excited for the next step in their education, and I can't wait to see where they all end up!

As for my life outside of school, I'm beginning to understand how the city works now, and I've been adventuring out and exploring. I found a Jiu Jitsu gym here (!) and I tried Crossfit for the first time, which just about killed me, but I liked it. I've slowly been meeting people and I'm starting to build a community here. Next week I'm going to start volunteering at an Equine Therapy clinic here in San Pedro that is run by one of the elementary school teachers. They work with children and adults with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, blindness, among many others. Check out their Facebook page

A quick shout out to my family, it's been a busy time of celebration! Lorna's birthday was the 25th of August, my Dad's was the 26th, Mom's the 4th of September, and their anniversary is the 8th. Also, the 8th is my Grandmother's birthday. I miss you all and love you!!