For part of our program, it is required for us to help teach English at some high schools. Now, we didn’t start this until the last couple of weeks in our semester, so this was a brand new thing for me. The school that I go to is Colegio Pio XIII, which teaches kids ages 4-17. The age group that I have worked with is girls ages 15-17, and surprisingly enough their English was almost perfect so we never had any troubles. This is a Catholic school, so they wear uniforms which include blue sweatpants and a plain white tee that says their school’s name on the front. I wish our uniforms from my high school were that comfortable! Each Nebraska student would sit down with a group of 3 or 4 girls to work on a project. The projects that we helped worked on with these girls were more of learning about Lima and Nebraska’s cultures and the similarities and differences between the two. It was surprising to me, when a lot of the girls explained that they want to work in a different country when they grow up, like the United States or Spain especially. It is just like what we learned in our Indigenous Politics class how Peru is currently experiencing substantial out-migration to Japan, the United States, and Europe.
Another thing that I thought was interesting about this school was how their P.E. consists of karate lessons, which in my opinion is a clever way to use up energy of the kids so that they aren’t bouncing off the walls later. After our couple hours of teaching, the school offers us some snacks such as delicious pizza and empanadas before we go home. This was a great experience in learning how the school system is compared to the United States.