Hello! I have worked 2 days with the kids so far. I have enjoyed them very much, but it isn't exactly what I was told I would be doing. The place I am working is not an orphanage. It's a government run daycare for children 2-5 years old. I was a little irritated at first, and I guess I still am, but I'm going to try and make the best of it. There is absolutely no structure in this place. They don't have even 1 book around to read to the kids. After the first day, I went out and bought about 6 books. I also am so thankful that I brought that suitcase full of teaching things. I didn't know what age group I'd be working with, so I luckily brought some things for little kids. They absolutely LOVE the music I brought. I have a CD of children's songs in Spanish that I can play on my computer (I used my ipod the first day, but that was stolen yesterday! boo hoo, long story). Anyway, for those of you who teach, you may be familiar with the song "A Tooty Ta". The little kids love it! There is also a Hokey Pokey song. They are all so engaged in the music, it's amazing! They are not used to anyone leading a structured activity of any sort and they have been so in awe of the few things I have done. It's amazing how little that the kids have here compared to the fortunate kids in the USA. I also read them a story book which they listened to so attentively.
Since this is not exactly what I was wanting to do, I think I may look into working in a school next week with a little bit older students. I will be able to teach some English and do additional things that I won't be able to do at this day care.
The weather continues to be stifling hot and humid. I am finding relief at a mall near my homestay that has A/C and free wi-fi. This weekend, I am doing an excursion to the islands with some of the other volunteers that I met. There are a lot of options for touristy things to do around here!
Until next time, adios.