17 March 11 … Is it really St. Paddy’s Day?

Hello everyone!

Today, we were able to sleep in until 9am, which was a nice change, and head to the National School for the Deaf in Santo Domingo.

Greeting the Principal of the school on Thursday morning.


The students were much calmer and well behaved as they were introduced to ideas of pirates in the Dominican Republic.

Paying attention well

For the first half of the day all of the students worked with a group of middle scholars, except Katie and Kelly who worked with elementary 1st and 2nd graders.

Pin the Hat on the Pirate

Here the older students learned how to decipher a treasure map and were rewarded with a gold coin or a ring and the younger students played ‘pin the hat on the pirata’.

Figuring out the secret treasure code.

After an hour, though having the same lesson we switched who we were teaching. All the kids seemed to really enjoy the lesson plan and though needed some assistance at first caught on fast to the code and how to translate it.Working is small groups.

After we were done teaching the second class of students Hector took us to an amazing restaurant with Juana and her husband, Eric. Hector’s wife’s nephew served us lunch. Most people ordered crepes (pollo con queso).

After lunch

This was the spot! Great Spanish menu.

we went back to the school, which we were almost late due to lunch taking so long, and taught two more classes. The first class was old enough to understand the treasure map, but the second class we figured out to code all together because they were too young. ALL the kids seemed to really enjoy the code when they worked on it together as a class by shouting out and signing the individual letters of the words to put together the sentence to find the oro (gold).

Working hard after lunch.

Afterwards, we went back to the hotel, where we had a couple hours to relax and do what we wanted before dinner. We decided to eat at a restaurant, where some of it is in a cave and some is outside. Though inside the cave was beautiful, some of us were very happy to find out that our group was scheduled to eat outside :). During an amazing though, long meal (7:30 – 11:00 pm) we sat and talked about many things including, the culture, McDaniel College, what we wanted to do that night, past nights in the Dominican, and many more “exciting” topics. After a long day, most of us wanted to go back to the hotel and get some much needed rest for a lazy day tomorrow.

All in all we had another amazing day in the Republica Dominicana! Hasta Luego 🙂

– Becky Newman

** PS Martha is missing from most of the pictures today for she was the one behind the lens.

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