Typical Thursday

Some of you are curious about my daily schedule, so here’s a breakdown of a typical Thursday.

3-5 a.m. – wake up because the roosters next door are sounding the alarm.
Until 6 a.m. – exist in a state of half-consciousness. Damn the roosters.
6:12 a.m. – accept that sleep is impossible, and turn off my alarm before it goes off.
6:20 a.m. – take a (cold) shower, eat breakfast, get ready for class.
7:20 a.m. – walk to the park for my morning wifi fix.
8 a.m. – start Spanish class. No English allowed. This is the most exhausting part of my day.
10:30 a.m. – teach 9th grade English class. (Usually, I’m in Spanish class until noon, but Monday and Thursday I skip the last part of class to teach.)
noon – lunch.
12:40 – co-plan for my Monday class.
1–3 p.m. – integrated Spanish class. This is also exhausting, but for this portion of the class, we’re walking around town in the hottest part of the day, practicing Spanish in real-world situations.
3–5 p.m. – teach a community English class with the other four Peace Corps trainees in my town.
5–6 p.m. – go to the park for my afternoon wifi fix. Adrian walks me home after because it is usually starting to get dark.
6–8 p.m. – watch TV with the familia, try to keep my eyes open and make conversation, eat dinner, do Spanish homework, try not to fall asleep.
8–9 p.m. – in bed, doing homework, listening to music, securing mosquito net.
9 p.m. – probably sleeping?

Most of my days are similar to  this, except I only teach my 9th grade class and community class twice a week each.

Once or twice a week, we have training on security, health, and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). I love those days, because even though they’re longer (we usually have to catch a bus to Diriamba at 6:30 a.m. and we don’t get back until 6 p.m. or later) we get to see Peace Corps trainees from the other towns, and the sessions are in English.

It’s only week 3, but I kind of feel like a zombie.

5 thoughts on “Typical Thursday

  1. Anna September 1, 2016 / 11:41 am

    I have no idea how you’re functioning… well actually yeah I do, it’s because you’re a badass.

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  2. Grandpa September 2, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    Well it sounds a little like basic training. Of course without the physical part. 😀 Still,it’s quite a different routine than you are used to. Stupid roosters early in the morning or late at night are a real aggravation. I prayed for a solution to our neighbors rooster & the lord took care of it. Struck me deaf 80% in one ear & 90 in the other. Roosters arn’t quite as bothersome now. Be careful what you pray for.

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    • Jade September 2, 2016 / 5:38 pm

      I’m starting to get used to the roosters. I don’t even need an alarm clock anymore. They make sure I’m up and ready for the day!

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  3. Restabrook15 September 9, 2016 / 10:52 am

    Crazy full days, but it sounds exciting!
    during your integrated Spanish class, do you speak to random other people, or just interact with your classmates?

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    • Jade September 9, 2016 / 5:36 pm

      We spend the first four hours mostly talking to classmates, but the last two hours are more focused on talking to the community.

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