A couple of hours later, it was time to split up into two classes for the English lessons. The girls came up with themes for their classes and taught in different, yet effective ways. The kids were very responsive and excited to learn English. During the exercises, when they didn’t know a word, they all looked to me to tell them because they knew that English was my first language! The girls made learning English fun and it was really special to see.
When the lessons were over, the kids were very ansty so we took them outside to play tag. There was an abandoned basketball court turned cement soccer court down by the lake that we all walked to. The kids wanted to play tunnel tag, so the adults were “it” first and the kids started running. It was a fun game that got all of the kids running around and laughing at the end of the day.
Before we knew it, the sun was starting to set and it was time for everyone to go home. The kids grabbed their stuff, gave hugs and said their goodbyes. It was such a fun day working with the kids in so many different subjects. The program was a really special one that was doing a lot to give these kids as many opportunities to excel in life at an early age.
We walked upstairs to put our feet up on a hammock and started researching which Visa renewal option was the best for us. Just as we did, one of the directors asked me if I was interested in attending her yoga class for free in the room we had been working in all day. I hadn’t done yoga since I moved, which was sad because I used to do yoga all of the time. I of course jumped at the opportunity, threw on my Lulu Lemons, a tank top and met them in the room. It was the perfect way to unwind and end the long day.
It was hard to believe that we had started the day packing our things at Paradiso and saying goodbye to our staff, then spent the majority of the day working with kids here. We were excited to talk to them about what they needed and to give them a special gift for the kids and their project.
We brought over 25 books to donate to their project’s library, so we went back into the room to grab them. We brought them up and gave them to the directors, who were sincerely thankful and appreciative. We knew the books were going to a great new home and would be used with love and appreciation. These would be the first donations made by us from our products and they were going to a very deserving cause.
Very bright and early the next morning, we were back on the road and very excited about the new adventures that were awaiting us in Nicaragua. We looked at our passports and we were a few days late on getting our renewal, so the decision was: do we head down to Costa Rica for three days and pay a fine or get it all taken care of up in Managua?