So, off we headed to a finca ("farm") in the department of Quindio in the heart of the coffee region for two days and nights of "living together." This region is popular for other trips by our school as the weather is normally comfortable and it is relatively close - about three hours by bus. During this time the students attended a several workshops by either us or a couple of outside psychologists about team-building, confidence, responsibility, and inclusion, among other themes. While the dividends of the experience are yet to be seen, I think the trip accomplished one major feat: it humanized some of the teachers for the students, and possibly vice versa.
The event flew by but we still found time to enjoy the space we were in which included several nice pools, a stream with a small waterfall, and a bonfire. While its no whale-watching, snorkeling, or coral beach, it was a nice break from the daily school grind.
|At my "empathy" workshop: Camila, Maria Paula, & Isabella|
Nicolás at the "empathy" workshop.
|Los Muchachos: Sebastián, Juan Camilo, Rodrigo, Andrés, |
Henry, Lucas, Pablo, Juan Camilo, Luis, & Nicolás
|How low can you go? Picking up a cut-off paper bag with |
no hands and only your feet touching the ground
|New challenge: How many 9th graders can you fit in one pool?|
|Welcome to the Quindío countryside.|
|Taking a dip in the stream near the waterfall.|
|Las chicas y la chorrera |
(Andrea, Catalina, Juanita, María Antonia, Isabella, & Laura)
|Singing at the bonfire...probably Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift|
(Note: Some kids using their BlackBerries to follow the lyrics.)