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.