A Day in the Life by Asha F.

A Day in the Life by Asha F.

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Today we shadowed a student from Formacion Fenix to see what a typical day would be like.  The Nica students have to be at the bus stop at 6:30 am, to catch a 7:00 am bus. That meant I had to wake up at 5 am to shower, eat breakfast and walk to the bus stop. 

The bus was crowded and noisy, with people clambering to get on and off so frequently that none of us could actually sit down.  When we arrived at school, we helped sweep out the classroom before class started.  We attended 3 different classes over the course of about an hour or so, with frequent breaks in between... A shortened day because of a beauty pageant, which we skipped.
The classroom was small and stuffy and none of us could fit comfortably in the tiny desks.

The school day is very different from that in the U.S. For one thing, here it starts early in the morning and goes til mid afternoon, so most students go back home to eat. None of the teachers introduced us or noticed us.
Because it wasn't a typical school day,  it's hard to compare, but some noticeable differences were: 
The building was brightly colored, one story and all classes lined up, no windows, just open air. Instead of doors, there were gates. They sing the national anthem and say the pledge of allegiance to begin the day.

Overall, it was fun to get a taste of what school was like. The best part of the day was afterwards when we all went to get drinks, went back to their homes to play soccer and eat. 
This experience definitely brought us closer together and I look forward to another day with the Nica students tomorrow.