In the second week we decided it was time to get to know some names! In some of the bigger groups we felt we’d hardly grasped any names of the kids in the first week. We did an activity in which the groups designed name tags for themselves. Some used different shapes such as butterflies, stars and we even had a couple of sharks in Balerio Estacio, not to mention a rocket, an owl and lots of boys doing heart shapes in Isla Trinitaria – it really was a joy to see!
Once finished they were all very proud of their name tags and were reluctant to give them back to Helen and I as we’d decided we’d like to laminate them so the kids can have them as a permanent feature in art club. However, when we got on to the second activity of the session; juggling balls, the disappointment about the temporary loss of the name tags disappeared!
The juggling balls were very popular and after a demonstration in which we showed them how to make their own juggling balls with balloons and a bag of rice, everyone left the session with their very own, self designed juggling ball. It was good to see some of the kids pairing up to help each other squeeze their ball of rice into their balloon – great team work ladies of Balerio Estacio!
Many thanks go to all the Juconi staff for making us feel so welcome in these first few weeks and who have helped us get a handle on Club de Arte and the sectors in which we work, and a thanks to all the other volunteers too. An especially big thanks to Karen, a Juconi volunteer, who has taken it upon herself to support us through our induction here. She’s help us get orientated in Guayaquil, supported us on life admin matters such as immigration and answered all manner of random questions that we’ve constantly fired at her, not to mention being a great asset in the Art Club team these first two weeks.
So….next week – Christmas cards, wow, way too early! We’ll explain next week…. (just to keep you enthralled and ready for your next installment!)
Olivia and Helen