"I knew I loved teaching the kids online but it was nothing compared to when I got to really know them in person. We really formed a special connection over that week and I'll always remember it as such a wonderful experience."- Teacher Suzanne
|A preview of the highlight of the day, the indoor campfire bonding experience!|
Memories, Campfires, and Marine ActivitiesThroughout the week we have seen our students and teachers grow in ways nobody had imagined. Our students performed a talent show and mastered English concepts in teams, while our teachers experienced a unique culture exchange. Things were different in camp, but yet it still felt like a vacation to our participants.
Despite all the fun, sometimes even the best of a vacation can leave those in it feeling homesick. That was our objective today. At the end, we scheduled an evening campfire experience that involved students sharing thoughts, feelings, and opening letters of love from their families.
Morning-time English & Objective MasteryWe began the day by stretching and acting like animals, because deep down we can all be a little wild inside.
|Hop like a bunny! Or is it a frog? Kidding, we did both!|
|Squat, stretch, and smile!|
Remember our aluminum boats? Well, throughout the week we had everyone collect water bottles. With a little bit of artistic ability and some glue, we created tiny water bottle boats! We also unloaded a collection of balloons to let students have fun experimenting with pushing objects using only their breath.
|Objects move in various different ways. What word is this? Dance !|
|Cynthia's team covering the basics of building boats with plenty of materials to go around|
|Rachelle's team and the first round of creations|
|Suzanne leading her teams to success in the movement competition.|
|This team of three girls were very proud of the boat they made. Look at the colors on the sail!|
|Are those pirate flags? And a rudder? Impressive designs!|
|The students are more talented than I am!|
Kayaking and SwimmingAfter we designed our ships and designs, we had our students head out to the bay once more to experience the difference between a sailboat and a kayak. Our teachers didn't join this expedition as they were setting up the campfire party back indoors. But that's okay, we have some incredible pictures anyways!
|A safety demonstration goes a long way|
|The students not currently in kayaks were busy doing water exercises, including water acrobatics!|
|In teams of two the students tackled the kayaks and rowed into the water|
|Whereas those without kayaks waited their turn and formed circles while trying different tricks and games|
|Lily's guiding the kayak forward!|
|Michael was having a good time, even if his face here says otherwise!|
|King was ready to cause mischief with his ball|
The Campfire PartyIn our previous camp, when the students opened their letters from their families, they cried and were homesick. We wanted to give the students a fun experience before we dove into that, so the teachers and the camp instructors created a story and a play.
You may notice some funny face paintings as well. Everyone was inspired to get a bit silly before the campfire party, and so we ended up with some incredible face paintings!
|Sometimes, a silly face is the best way to express yourself.|
|Other times, a cool face can do the trick!|
|The kids were excited to have their faces painted|
|Older kids opted for more pattern whereas younger kids wanted more shapes and designs!|
|He ate the pudding! It didn't go well for him.|
|This is an ambulance, not a lion. You have to use your imagination!|
|Rumor has it William wasn't supposed to be part of this skit. They played it off well, though!|
|Students received their letters one by one, then returned to their groups|
|Camp Facilitator Ray delivering one of the letters to a student|
|Teacher Nina played a big part in making our students feel welcome, offering a helpful hand|
|Sometimes we try our best to hold our emotions in, even if everyone else knows we're feeling down|
|Students were enthralled with their letters, every one of them a little reminder of home|
|Ray and Cynthia making sure students were okay|
|In sadness comes happiness, as we all came together one more time to feel like a family|
|And even when the world is at its darkest, the lights of your hopes and dreams will shine brightly, like a beacon through uncertainty.|
Thank you so much for reading our fourth day of camp! We hope you're enjoying yourself. We have two more experiences remaining. Tomorrow we cover the showcase, an event that highlighted everything the students have learned throughout the week, and the day after tomorrow features the half-day graduation ceremony. Stay tuned; we hope to see you again!