posted May 26, 2012, 9:12 AM by greg ewing   [ updated May 26, 2012, 9:20 AM by Ethan Shirley ]
We're almost at the three week mark of our team's trip.  Our time so far has been filled with many exciting adventures, challenges, and unique experiences.  The time with the students at both Cotia and Nazareh have been by far the most rewarding experiences of the trip.  They have been so engaged and interested in the project; always willing and excited to learn about the science and building.  As well, they have practiced the utmost of patience with our team's slowly developing Portuguese skill.
So far we have:
  • Reinstalled the filter at PCER from last year
  • Built five filters: 1 at PCER, 2 at Nazareh, and 2 at Cotia
  • Installed two new filters: 1 at Nazareh and 1 at Cotia
  • Taught lessons on water quality and waterborne diseases
  • Taught lessons on building and installation of the filters
  • Taught lessons on the basic concepts of sustainability and its importance within this community
With one week left our plan is to:
  • Install the filter at PCER
  • Finish installing the two filters at Cotia and Nazareh
  • Paint the filters with the students
  • Do final lessons with the students on maintenance and operation of the filters
  • Visit schools for next year
  • Continue to enjoy our futsal games with the boys of Nazareh
  • Do boat tours on the river Cuiaba
  • Explore the country north of Cuiaba, including Chapada dos Guimaraes and Nobres
The trip so far has been an incredible learning experience for all of us; at times we have all felt as though we've been sent here to learn and not to teach.  This feeling of intercultural exchange has been incredibly powerful, and best of all there is still more to come!
Check out our photo album on facebook to see the students and our work: http://www.facebook.com/PantanalPartnership