True to our nerdy roots, Hans and I are celebrating Pi Day. For those of you who have happily repressed memories of high school math classes, Pi Day celebrates the constant pi, π, which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter. Since the most common approximation of pi used is 3.14, it is celebrated on March 14… which is 3/14. (Although today’s date in Bolivia is technically 14/3, my students don’t mind changing the order if they can have a party!)
I promised my precalculus students a pie-making party this Friday, since we don’t have class on Wednesdays and therefore miss the real Pi Day. Friday is the last day of the quarter and they’ve worked hard, so I felt a Pi Day celebration was deserved.
But life in Bolivia doesn’t always go as planned… and this week is no exception.
Due to protests in Colcapirhua (where the school is located), school has been cancelled since Monday. The protests are over a territory dispute between Colcapirhua and Tiquipaya – apparently Tiquipaya is claiming 45 hectacres that Colcapirhua says belongs to them. Due to the recent movement to give more power to local governments, this land is important for tax purposes.
We saw on the news last night that leaders were in closed meetings to come to an agreement over the dispute, but apparently they didn’t agree since the roads are still blocked. They reported 38 block points throughout a 5 kilometer area, and people are having to walk, ride a bike, or take a motorcycle to get into Cochabamba for work and classes. Not fun in normal weather, but to top it off we heard it was raining out there this morning.
Please pray for:
- Colcapirhua and Tiquipaya – that the leaders would come to an agreement soon
- People who are having difficulties due to the extended blockades. (Usually blockades start early in the morning and end in the evening, only to start again the next day. These have been in effect around the clock, with some trucks parked in the middle of the highway since Monday.)
- Students at CCS, who are on their second day of doing work assigned at home. This is affecting students, their parents, and the ministries of parents.
We’ll see what the rest of the week holds. Unfortunately, I’m not sure we’re going to get to that pie-making Pi Day celebration…
Although I have always enjoyed school (a necessary requirement for a teacher!), there is something wonderful about the last day. Having just experienced my first last day as a teacher, I can say it’s just as satisfying to finish the school year from the other side of the teacher’s desk.
Somehow, my students all enjoyed the year – and they were surprised to hear it was my first time teaching. I must have done a good job pretending I knew what I was doing! I think the nicest compliment I received from my students was being asked repeatedly if I was returning next year – and what classes I would be teaching. The plan is to take the first semester off from teaching (since baby Nyberg is due in the second week of school!) and return in January for the second semester to teach one class (calculus or chemistry).
Several of my junior girls asked to come see me in the hospital when the baby is born and the junior class gave me a pack of diapers, while singing “Happy Baby to You” (to the tune of Happy Birthday). It was priceless.
I really enjoyed teaching at CCS this year, and hope that in between finding derivatives and balancing equations, my students learned a little about themselves, responsibility, and being a Christian in the “real world.” Of course, if they actually remember some of the math and science, that wouldn’t be bad either!
Today was the first day of school in the Bolivia school system. It’s summer here, so they just finished summer break.
But that doesn’t really have anything to do with this post.
Tomorrow, I (Lindsay) start my first day of school. Sort of… For the past few months I’ve been feeling the urge to teach and so my survey of different Cochabamba ministries has morphed into an observation period at three different schools.
First I’ll be at Carachipampa Christian School, run by the SIM mission. Classes are taught in English and over half of the students are children of missionaries. The school runs on the American schedule, so they’ve been back at school for about a month. I’ll be observing all of the 7-12 science classes and some math classes twice a week for the month of February. I’m excited to see how the school works, get to know some of the students, and hopefully have a chance to help in some of the classrooms.
In March and April I plan to observe in a Bolivian Christian school and a Bolivian non-Christian school in order to get familiar with the Bolivian school system. After visiting all three schools, I’ll be able to make a better decision about where I would like to work.
I’m really excited to see how it all turns out! Stay tuned for updates! 😉