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Back to School

Sunday, June 28, 2009- With a mixture of excitement and that back-to-school feeling, the students trickled in through the school gates to start another term after their month of holiday. I say holiday, but in fact most students spent their time working in their family’s fields or helping to look after their younger siblings… So maybe coming back to school felt more like a holiday to them.

First weeks at St Denis....

Saturday, May 30, 2009

So, after explaining to a few people that I was in fact NOT here to teach the students how to fish, I set about my actual mission.

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Fifteen Minutes of Fame - let´s hope it lasts longer than that.

Sunday, 9 May 2010 — Hola everyone! This last month has been abuzz with activity, very much like the school beehives which are finally starting to produce golden delicious honey, though not quite enough to start selling yet.

What a month!

Saturday, 27 March 2010 — So a month has passed since my last blog entry, and what an eventful month it has been! Two school-related elections have been held in an equal number of weeks. First, following a week of impassioned speeches and heated debates, the students elected members of the Student Committee, comprising a representative from each of the three year groups and a President. The following week the parents spent a morning at the school to attend a large meeting with students and staff to express their concerns and opinions, discuss the academic and business performance of the school over the first year, and to elect new members of the Parents Association. It was a very positive morning, and dates were set for the remaining three meetings of the academic year.

New year, new students, new Project Officer

Tuesday, 16 February 2010 — Hi! My name is Rebecca and I have taken over from Alex as the new Project Officer in Nicaragua, so beautiful La Bastilla will be my new home for the next year.

I can’t believe it has already been three weeks since I arrived! The first week was relatively quiet around here without the students who were enjoying the last week of their summer holidays. All that suddenly changed, however, in week two when the new school year started. This year we welcomed twenty-seven new students into First Year, bringing the total number of students across the three year groups at La Bastilla Technical School to fifty-eight. This is a significant increase from last year’s total of thirty-five students, though, there were only two year groups last year. There are a lot of new faces about and new names to learn but I’m getting there.  All the students and staff arrived enthusiastic and ready for the new school year to begin. What a positive start!


Wednesday, 18 November 2009 —He all, two months have passed and it’s time again that I give you an update of what is going on here in Nicaragua. Things have been moving along quite a bit out here.

Just to bring you up to speed

Friday, 18 September 2009 — Well here I submit the first update of our educational project in Jinotega Nicaragua. The project is well on its way, but the updates have been lagging behind. So this is going to be a quick resume of what has been happening here over the last 5 months.

The school project was initiated in 2005 by La Bastilla coffee estate. It started off as a primary school for the workers of the coffee estate and the local community. In 2008 a new part was added and that was the technical agricultural school. We as TAMTF fully stepped into the project in the beginning of this year and that is how I ended up here.

March on

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 — March has been a busy month for the project and an exciting one for Ondati village. With the completion of the ‘zero grazing dairy unit’, otherwise known as a cow shed, the time had come to locate and purchase 3 beautiful animals to call it home. However, this was not as easy as first thought. Information flows in mysterious ways in these parts and the farm that was identified by our crack team of project staff and government livestock officers as a sure bet turned out not to want to sell.

Starting to feel like home in Ondati

Tuesday, March 2, 2010- My first two weeks in Ondati have flashed past like a thirteen seater Matatu flying down a hill carrying thirty, plus luggage. But while I still have much to learn, including the art of eating ones’ weight in ugali during one sitting, I am starting to feel at home.

Getting off the plane, bleary eyed, then stumbling across Russell Brand in the airport was an interesting, if a little alternative, first experience of Kenya. However, a taxi ride through central Nairobi and a night in a safari style tent with the sounds of the night to lull me into a deep sleep was enough to make me know I had arrived.

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