Katie Jo plans to teach Spanish in the future, thus she chose to work at the secondary school, rather than do a research project.
At the school, she worked with students, devising lesson plans to help them in learning English.
Katie Jo’s Testimony:
The four months that I spent in Mexico were some of the most rewarding
experiences that I have ever had. In those four months I met some of
the most amazing people and got the opportunity to live in an amazing
culture. The family we stayed with was incredible. Rosaura, the woman
we stayed with, had 20 children and six of them lived on one block
and shared a backyard. The sense of community and the love and acceptance
that I felt there made me feel like one of the family. In addition
to the strong relationships that I made there I learned both career
and life skills that I will take with me wherever I go. Although I
am not an anthropology major, I did come away with a greater appreciation
for other cultures and a new drive to learn more about the rest of
the world. In addition to the anthropology study that we did as a class
I also worked in the local middle school and elementary school. Being
that I am an education major this was the most rewarding experience
that I took home with me. The staff that I worked with was wonderful
and I had a great time teaching English. The kids, of course, were
the best part. The style of teaching and the atmosphere of the school
were so different from our systems here. The classes have around forty
students and the classrooms are empty except for the desks and a black
board. It really made me appreciate how much we have to work with in
our schools in the United States.
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