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Classes 07/17/2009
It's midweek in Salasaca, where the daily activities are as follows: 7 am wake up to oatmeal and Robert singing his good morning songs, arrive at the biblioteca at 8 am, classes start at 8:30 and go until noon, when we walk about 30 minutes up to the school (a high climb with views of patch-worked Andes and Salasacan farms laced with Quichua women, children, and donkeys working in the fields) to have lunch made by the volunteers (switches off each week), and then classes resume from 2:30-6:30. My particular classes are English and Math, with Sonia (13), Isaac (10), and Flor (13). The class is pretty basic, as they have no foundation for English yet... but at their age they can pick up languages relatively quickly. In fact, I can already tell they have improved since last week. Their ease with pronunciation of the English language is what is so impressive, as speaking was always the hardest part of learning Spanish for me.  It has been such a pleasure to get to know these kids and to teach students with such eagerness.


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    Adrienne Hearne

    These are excerpts taken from my summer travel journal. While telling the story of my summer, they also express my different experiences of culture shock, being an individual  living in a collective culture.