|Nothing's changed: Dunc and Hudson, circa 2007.|
It's funny how at each Manna site, there are always readily apparent commonalities. MPI-Guatemala once again proved this to be the case. As soon as I walked into the Manna house, I quickly felt at home. Like its Nica and Ecuadorian counterparts, the Manna house was full of smiling gringo greeters, and a white board full of calendars / notes to other PDs. It boasted a kitchen full of fresh veggies and cold-water dishsoap, trash cans next to toilets, showers leaving much to be desired, and a library stocked with English novels, guide books, and teaching guides. And of course, a loungable balcony with a breath-taking view.
The first day I visited the MPI-G community, I had the same feeling. As Guatemala again showed me, no Manna site is complete without kids playing English-language learning games (and the requisite candy bribery for class participation), a room full of appreciative, trustful, caring parents engaging in a dialogue with Manna PDs about the viability of new programs, and post-class goofiness between spring-break volunteers and the community kids. Even the whole spring break program was strikingly Manna: long days working in the community and experiencing the local culture, evening reflection discussions, and of course the obligatory salsa lessons.
Until then, it's time to do some mountain-climbing. Volcan San Pedro, you're mine at tomorrow's amanecer.
@Craig: yup! Good ole San Pedro. They even hiked the same volcano you did! Come back and visit us soon!ReplyDelete
great post primo... although i'm a bit surprised you didn't mention glass bottle fantas. :)ReplyDelete