One thing I realized through the past two weeks of camp is that our camp is so much more than the classes we lead. Sure, it's important (and awesome) that the kids learned some English and how to take care of their environment. But camp also provides a time for the kids to just... be kids. Many of these kids would have been working if they weren't attending our camp. May I remind you that we held camp for grades 1-6... In the States, it's illegal for kids at this age to work. But in Guate, they don't have such restrictions.
As the sports leader, I had a jillion activities on hand for each day. But most of the time, the kids would rather play soccer. And why not?! As long as the kids have the opportunity to run around, get some exercise, I think it's perfectly fine for them to play soccer every day.
So, here are some pictures of Guatemalan kids just being kids. It fills my heart with joy to see these pictures, and I hope you'll feel the same way :)
|The kiddos laughing in English class,|
|Posing for the camera,|
|And modeling their animal masks from art class.|
|All of us doing the "Hokey Pokey" for the parents on Thursday.|
All of this could not have been possibly without our volunteers. Emilia and Ana (pictured below) were both native to Central, and it was so amazing to get to know them as they helped us out. On Wednesday and Thursday, they each had us to their houses for lunch. In this way, we were able to eat some traditional Guatemalan food and see more of Central, beyond just the school. It was such a wonderful experience!
|All of us with Emilia (left) and Ana (right).|
Here's to two weeks in Cooperativa!
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