Today Makes 2 MONTHS!!
I FOUND OUT WHERE I WILL BE LIVING FOR THE NEXT 2 YEARS!!!!
SAN MIGUEL, 40 minutes from Iloilo City, and 25 mintues from my current Host Family! It’s a rural place, much more rural than I expected, but at least the city is close by. The benefit of being in a rural location means there is not as much pollution. Surrounded by rice patty fields, the town is quaint yet extremely friendly.
FUNNY STORY OF THE MONTH:
At my new host house I took my first shower. Just as my body was soapy a coackroach flies into the shower and landed on my back. After flinging it off, I didn’t know what to do, I had nothing to kill it with. And it was HUGE!!! And I was naked!! My first reaction—put back on all my clothes. Yes, I felt incredibly violated by the cockroach. I then opened the door. My host family saw that I was soapy and wet, and looked confused. Then I started screaming!! It was my breaking point. I screamed so much, they started screaming. Then finally everyone was chasing the cockroach and then it started to head to my room. I started screaming more!!! Then my Nanay took cockroach spray…and sprayed it for about 3 minutes…its still didn’t die, but it slowed it down enough to catch it. Then when I could breathe again and I stopped screaming…I started to laugh. Then we all started to laugh. And laughed and laughed and laughed. Cockroaches—bringing families together one scare at a time.
Sugarland Supervisors Conference
I met my supervisor, the principle of my school! We talked about what my role at my new school would be like, I will be teaching 1st year Remedial English, and then have the opportunity to work in the English Department rotating with different teachers.
My New School:
One of the best experiences I have ever had, because I felt like I was exactly in the right place. Anytime I feel like going home or quitting or even that this is too much for me, I will remember that day. I felt needed and valued, and that I really will make a difference.
The teachers welcomed me by singing, “Welcome To the Family, I’m Glad that You have Come to Share your life with Us.” The Mayor, the Principle, and my counterpart each gave endearing speeches about what they hoped I would bring to the school. My favorite line was from my counterpart Mam Norms. She said, “Lysette is from California, and she has heard the saying ‘Leave your Heart in San Fransico’, over the next two years I hope it changes, and that Lysette ‘Leaves her heart in San Miguel.’” Then everyone cheered!! I spoke with almost all the teachers, and had a good chat with the mayor. I feel like they will really use me, and I’m happy to be used!!
My New Host Family Make Up
Nanay/Mom- Adit, really happy to have me, she has never had children and is excited to count me as her child
Tatay/Dad- He is a seaman, I have never met him, but when I return in November he will be living there
Tita/Auntie- She is 87, and has dementia, she lives in the front house. She enjoys kissing me!! Haha!
There are 3 helpers…one is taking a break from College, one has a child (niki) and the other is in 4th year at the school I work at. My current host house doesn’t have helpers, so I’m not sure of their role exactly, but they help cook/clean and take care of Tita.
I had a doctors appointment the Monday I returned from my new site, and suddenly the doctor said, “you are being admitted to the hospital for 1-4 days.” It shocked me, I felt awful, yet was genuinely surprised when I was admitted. For the first 2 days they didn’t know what was wrong with me. It was scary and upsetting, and I was stressing out my friends and family. On the third day they told me pneumonia. Finally I had an answer, and I felt better about my situation. Hospitals are very different then America, you have to bring your own water, toilet paper and Kleenex and someone has to go get your medicines and run your labs for you. Jaron was my kasama, and he took very good care of me. We spent 3days in the same room and still weren’t sick of each other. They have brown outs with no back up generator. The room had TV (they have a karaoke channel haha) and AirCon, but for 7 hours we sat and sweated because there was a long brown out and the room was so hot!! Finally day 5 came and I was released!! I am much better now! Went to the doctors on Friday, and I am completely healthy now!!
This last weekend I went to the “City of Smiles” where I watched amazing performances, dances and saw costumes that were beyond anything I could have imagined. The amount of talent such young people possess was inspiring and refreshing.
Note to anyone who goes in the future: Every group dances to the same exact song. Meaning we heard….“ooooo…Masskara” about 50 times in a row. No joke.
Yay I finally had a night life!!! Haha!! Jk!! But it did feel really great to be with so many Americans! The streets where very crowded, but I still found room to dance with little kids! The club music was not the same, it included drum beats…but nothing Shakira couldn’t handle!! Haha! The nine trainees stayed in a pension house, and that in itself was exciting. We felt like Madeline, all lined up in our bunks!! I feel so blessed to be by so many wonderful people!!
Mandurrio National High School
Sadly, I had my last class today!!! I LOVE WORKING at the HS. My co-teacher and I have become really good friends, and I have never met sweeter kids!!
Accomplishments/Blessings of the Month:
- Making Mexican food for my host family, them liking it…and then making it on their own!! Cultural Immersion/Cross Cultural Sharing in full effect!!
- Getting Healthy!! Surviving the hospital and taking care of my body!
- Finding an amazing person, Jaron, and starting a new relationship
4. Teaching my last class at Mandurrio!! I really loved the experience, and I’m very grateful to my students and my co-teacher!
- Surviving Month 2!!
I am now 2/27ths of the way done!!
Thanks for reading,