|The volcano in Guatemala.|
When we finally arrived at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, there was a taxi waiting outside for us. After an hour and a half journey, we arrived at the hostel and met the host mother named Maria and her husband Leo.
|A group photo on the plane.|
We were split into different rooms and all of the boys (there were 7 of us) had to share one room! What I loved about the hostel was that we got to meet travellers of different nationalities.
On the first day of school, we had different icebreakers which allowed us to interact with the other volunteers at the school. Every day, we caught the ‘chicken bus’ to school which looks like an American high school bus. The journey was only 2 quetzals which is less than 10p!
|The ‘chicken bus’!|
During the first week, I went to a shantytown named ‘La Vista Amosa’ to help rebuild the roof of a family’s home. It was shocking to see the conditions that the family lived in and there was only one bed!
Friday 15th July 2016
|Our trip to the volcano.|
Monday 19th July 2016
|A group photo of the 5th grade class.|
Thursday 22nd July 2016
On my final day, I gave the children sweets and the volunteering coordinator a British tea caddy. I also gave the host mother a caddy as well. The children made a poster for me which made me very tearful. I am extremely sad to leave the children but I am definitely going to contact them.
|Group hug! It was sad to leave the children.|
Volunteering in a Hispanic country has helped with my confidence to speak Spanish which is what I need as I study modern languages. I definitely enjoyed working in schools and I want to become a secondary school teacher (this experience is something worth writing down on my CV). For example, next year I am going to apply for a language assistant position with the British Council.
|A group photo of the international volunteers.|