19 March 2010 — Santo Domingo

WOW! What a day! I awoke wondering how Becca’s foot was doing. She was limping all over the place and to put any amount of weight on her foot was painful. I would have to leave her behind instead of spending the time at the National School in Santo Domingo this day. Then, Rachel had an intense migraine brewing and could barely keep her eyes open. With half the team incapacitated, Liz and I headed to the National School with Hector as our driver. But, Hector was late this morning, again, for he had a flat tire. I am glad that did not happen on our way to Santiago the day before.

Painting about the lesson.

We finally arrived at the National School has approximately 550 students attending the school. Classes are held in the morning and in the evening. The students only attend on session and each session lasts 3 hours. There are 350 Students attending the morning (9-12) and 200 students attending the afternoon (2-5pm). We were able to teach two different classes. We modified the lesson a tad and did the water painting after the instruction. The students were able to take the information we taught about hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, and tsunamis and paint pictures of these natural disasters.

Students paint a tsunami.

Some students decided to be creative and paint something completely different. I did not try this earlier in the week. The painting was up front as we talked about “having fun with water” before talking about dangerous situations with water. I liked the painting at the end of the lesson.

In the middle of the second lesson, Liz had an emergency and needed to head back to the hotel. Hector took Liz back to the hotel and returned to pick me up so that we could have lunch before the afternoon workshop began with faculty.

Discussing the failures of Deaf Education.

There were 20 faculty members that attended the workshop on bilingualism. They were all attentive and some good questions were asked. I even had electricity so the powerpoint worked, too. Juana was my interpreter again just as she was on Tuesday in Sabana Perdida. I am still confused as to why Sabana Perdida did not have electricity while just across the bridge in Santo Domingo the school did have it.

The evening brought Peggy, Maria, Belkis, Hector and us together for a farewell dinner. We returned to the same restaurant we were at last night and we had a great time. Afterwards, we all crowded into Hector’s van and drove to the local BON store for dessert. It is always so hard to say ‘adios’ but we had a great time while being in the DR and enjoyed ourselves. The McDaniel students enjoyed their trip and were amazed at some of the sites they witnessed while being in the country.

I was amazed at how close of a friend Hector became while in the DR for only one week. Though I had met Hector two years ago, we really bonded this particular trip. The McDaniel students were surprised at how well we got along, as well. The standing joke is that Hector and I are long lost twins who have finally reunited. I enjoyed the jokes and the laughs we had and look forward to visiting the country again.

Hasta luego,

M



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