Blog 4/5 (delayed)

posted Jul 3, 2013, 7:45 PM by Ethan Shirley   [ updated Jul 3, 2013, 7:47 PM ]

We have arrived at the camp site in Porto Jofre! Tomorrow morning, the team and I will take a 20 minute boat ride along the river to our school in Sao Bento. We will only be here for four days instead of five, so we will be teaching a condensed lesson to the school with a total of 9 students who range from 5-12 years old. In the night, we also plan to teach a two hour English lesson to the 12 adults who work at the local hotel in Porto Jofre. 


Today is our last day in Sao Bento and we have had an unbelievable experience! Sao Bento is a located within the Pantanal and the environment has been really breathtaking.  We are teaching one class in the morning and one class at night. Transitioning from a school of 250 students to a school of only 9 students and 12 adults, has really allowed our team to tailor our lessons to what the community wants to learn. The Porto Jofre and Sao Bento area heavily  rely on ecotourism to sustain their local economy, so during the night classes we have tailored our English lessons to benefit the adults who work at the local hotel. Last night’s lesson focused on translating the names commonly spotted animals that live in the area, such as jaguars, caiman, …etc. In addition, we also went over basic questions, such as What is your name, How are you, and Do you need help. This, will hopefully allow the adults to interact and communicate more efficiently with the tourists.