Monday, June 23--- I awoke in the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto to the sounds of my family getting ready for school. The 'mom' is a kindergarten teacher & the 'dad' is a PE teacher in middle school. The 'daughter' is fourteen in intermediate school and hopes to become a doctor. They are a wonderful family!
After meeting our travel mates at Na'atik, we grabbed the necessary coffee at an Oxxo (a convenient store) and headed to observe in a Carrillo public school. A fifth grade teacher explained the educational system and answered our questions. The similarities are amazing--- teachers' concerns about the need for more parental instruction in character development at home, the struggle to motivate students to choose to learn, and the governments' lack of understanding the real-life educational system. Teachers in Mexico have similar issues with 'tenure' and pay and benefits as NC teachers.
We explored parts of the town by foot, quickly went through the market, and the toured the Maya Cultural museum. Some people dropped off and picked up laundry at such a reasonable price that I would consider recycling my washer and dryer!
Lunch and a cooking class at Sonja's house (a friend of the Na'atik Center) was fun! We each made our own tortilla and fried our own empanadas. We also enjoyed swimming in the pool at Sonja's house, and, to the sound of a bleating goat, watching Mexico win their World Cup soccer game.
Today feels the hottest with little AC time so there is little relief from the heat. The teachers who are staying in homes with no AC and more challenging sleeping situations are tired--- yet still having a great time!! Myself included, we do miss our families yet still again, we are loving the experience!! We all are learning to live in the moment and appreciate life.
To my family-- I love you!