This morning started with some sad news. One of the teachers I work with hurt his foot and the doctor has ordered him off it for the whole week. He teaches five sections of entrepreneurship (each an hour and a half long) so that means that five of my classes are automatically cancelled this week. It’s a real shame too because his kids are far behind. I may go a few times to try to help some of the groups develop their products.
For those of you that are unaware of the Small Business Development Program in Peace Corps Nicaragua, we partner with high school entrepreneurship teachers and train them and help them teach their classes. As part of this class, there is a series of small business competitions at the end of the school year where the kids have to bring and present a product that they have developed during the school year. Unfortunately, some of my students (they actually work in groups of five or so) are having trouble thinking of creative products. However, I have some students with some good ideas. One group wants to make a pre-made mix for coconut bread. Another has the idea to make some sort of clothes for dogs. However, other groups range in inspiration from having absolutely no idea to hair gel or glue. Not that creative.
With my planning session with the teacher wiped off the books this morning, that left me only to contemplate where I would watch USA vs. Ghana this afternoon. I asked Lauren, one of the other Volunteers in León, what she was going to do, but she didn’t know because she teaches a community English class for young kids on her block on Monday afternoons. Luckily, I came up with the brilliant idea to make the theme of day soccer and teach the kids about soccer in English, while we watched the match. It turned out to be an excellent idea, and the kids, as well as Lauren and I, loved it.