Inspired Words

These are the experiences of our volunteers in Nepal.

May 22: Teaching English and the Macarena

Posted in Nepal on May 31, 2013

This was a challenging day for everyone, but not without its great moments. We faced some difficulties in the classroom, feeling the strain of having to actually 'teach' English versus just speaking it. There are so many things that you are not consciously aware of as a native English speaker, grammatical rules and structures and exceptions that seem second nature and are difficult to explain. Phew, mad respect to all the language teachers out there.

Dinesh went to the district headquarters so we had Deepa to help us out, although we have a  wonderfully familiar routine here now. After lunch, waiting for the jeep, with our usual crowd of onlookers, we decided it was time for the next childhood game (remember our super successful rounds of Stella Ella ola last week?). So we taught the Macarena dance! It was hilarious and wonderful all at the same time, a great reminder of the power of laughter.

For dinner that night, we had a new addition to our meal! A chicken curry for the nonvegs and a delicious paneer cheese dish for the vegs. So tasty, and the paneer was particularly great, even though it was the first time the hotel owner had made it. 

Kelly Gerlings 
DWC Student Team Leader 
Nepal, May 2013

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