A school trip


A few weeks ago, we visited another “colegio” (private school) to have a look at their facilities and for an intra-school (friendly) basketball game.

The trip was optional but our school would be closed for the day so if you weren’t going on the trip you had a day off school.  Guess what – most of the children chose the “day off school” option!  So the trip comprised the two basketball teams, the two cheerleading teams, their friends and groupies and the teachers who had been conscripted (all of us who don’t have afternoon or evening jobs).

The first rather surprising aspect of the trip was the start time. [Read more…]

School Differences


Hi Matt & Ben here,

We have been doing a project on the main differences between a school in the Dominican Republic and a school in England.

(Las differencias principales entre un colegio en la Repulica Dominicana y una escuela en Inglaterra)

We wrote a list of them: [Read more…]

Mysogynists, Motorbikes & Mayhem!

Motor mayhem

Two months in and just thought I would share a few observations about la vida loca that is now our own!

Heat – yes it’s hot. Very very hot.  But the heat seems to come as a daily surprise to the locals and they are always complaining about the heat. The temperature doesn’t vary much throughout the year; pretty much a steady 90 degrees daily but it does make the locals quite lazy, especially the school children. They certainly don’t want to do any PE (running about, I don’t think so!) so quite a few of them are overweight and if the fans are not working at school during one of our many daily power cuts then that presents the perfect excuse for downing pencils and going to sleep at their desk! Given that all the fans do is circulate the hot air their absence makes no/little difference to the temperature inside the concrete box that is the classroom. None of the kids or teachers walk to school (apart from us) even though most only live about 5 – 10 mins away. They all hop on the local taxi service – a motorbike or scooter complaining it is too hot to walk anywhere! [Read more…]