Today was the last day before teaching begins! We started the day by having breakfast at Maya Mountain Lodge before departing for the outdoor shops in Xunantunich. The shops were comprised of multiple local vendors who sold a variety of handcrafted souvenirs. It was a wonderful experience, and many of the students bought items to take home to loved ones while supporting the local economy. After leaving the shops we drove to El Rancho for lunch. This was a hangout spot because of the public pool and the DJ!!
Once lunch was finished it was time for us to begin our two and a half hour road trip to Cardies Motel, where we will be staying for the next 10 days. On the way, we passed by the rain forest and even saw a few forest fires in the distance. When we arrived, everyone got unpacked and set up our teaching supply room before we head to Red Bank and San Pablo tomorrow morning. Everyone seems to be anxious to meet the students and teachers tomorrow.
Tonight, we ate dinner at Cardies Motel and the staff were so welcoming and nice. To honor the tradition of the Labour Day holiday, we ate a traditional meal. It consisted of stew chicken, rice and beans, and potato salad. So far we have learned a lot about the culture in Belize and we are excited to learn more through one-on-one interactions with teachers and students in the schools.
-Ainsley and Kaitlyn
|Drive from San Ignacio|
|All the school supplies donated for teachers and students|
|Shop in Xunantunich|
|Welcoming signs on our beds|
|El Ranchero Resturant|