ECGULLS: Describe your volunteer experience in Nicaragua.
ECGULLS: Besides re-building a home, what else did you do in Nicaragua?
One of the things we did while in Nicaragua was teach English at one of GIVE's first big projects - The Bottle School. Each of those white, star-like paintings on the walls are the bottom of two-liter Coca-Cola bottles. Each bottle was tightly packed with dirt and utilized as a brick, with concrete to secure them together, in order to build the walls of the school! We taught voluntary English classes every afternoon for about two-to-three hours, lessons ranging from ABC's to body parts to simple conversations such as "how are you?" and "My name is..." and etc. There are also computer classes available in order to teach students of all ages the basics in Microsoft as well as opening tabs and saving documents! Every day at the English school, I got the chance to work either one-on-one or in small groups with children ranging from ages 7-24. Each student I got to work with had such a strong passion to learn and improve their English. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had working with students. At first, it was tough, the language barrier was hard especially working with children that knew no English. But that never stopped or discouraged the students from wanting to learn, they continuously amazed me with their drive and desire to learn. It truly was an incredible experience getting to work with these children and it ultimately furthered my desire to want to be an educator one day. Many would say that I was changing these students' lives, but they were the ones changing mine.
(photo from The Bottle School)