In the past two weeks we have continued with our Spanish lessons at Connexiones entre Mundos every morning. A whole new experience of homework and classes, timetables and “the subjunctive”. We are like Hermione and Ron! Ruth getting her homework in on time and Dean a week behind…
We’ve been working with Belen Church and have a taught four drama workshops. We were invited to go out with them to do drama in the main plaza. It was a great experience and we were glad to help. I do not know how many times we have performed the Heart sketch, but it always amazes us how much people enjoy seeing us make ourselves look silly and when Dean produces the new Heart the look of surprise always makes me smile.
We also went along to a local teacher training institute to teach them drama skills and how they can be applied to a classroom situation. Ruth was able to share a little about her teaching experience with the students.
Through Connexiones entre Mundos we have been invited to work alongside various projects in Cochabamba. Every Saturday afternoon a group go to the Main Plaza and set up a tent. They bring warm water and baby baths, shampoo, clean clothes, towels etc and they offer to wash the babies who live with their parents on the streets. The ladies come from the local area. We helped wash the babies- some as small as 3 months, others about 3 years old. It was so lovely. The water turned black every time….
Last Sunday Dean was invited to preach at a Brazilian church for 250 students. he spoke about Love. We used a translator (neither of us speak a word of Portugese). They enjoyed the drama we presented and he has been asked to speak again in November.
As part of language school we have a number of weekly social events. We had a taco evening to raise money for a lady who had just had triplets. Her husband has abandoned her and she is struggling to work and earn money to buy powdered milk.
We also went to a fancy dress dessert party. We made Welsh cakes (an improvised version) and went as the Queen and Prince William. We have also walked up to the statue of the Cristo on the hill. It nearly gave us a heart attack climbing 1200 steps at altitude… It is a whole 10 cm taller than the one in Rio…
We went to visit an orphanage on Friday that we have had links with for a number of years. It was great to spend time with the children, playing games and just hanging out.
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