Colombia has great visions for the progression of English-fluency within its schools. By 2025, Colombia wants to be the most bilingual country of South America, aspiring for each high-school graduate to be speaking English at a pre-intermediate level. Colombia is now investing more money in education than its military. To play a role in this plan is invigorating, yet also intimidating.
My worst fear is that I should someday become accustom to the beauty of this opportunity. I want never to lack in appreciation for my days in Colombia. My time here is precious and my purpose will remain strong.
While I familiarize myself with these new surroundings, I am inspired by the overall kindness of those around me. After stopping at Starbucks to ask for directions, an employee escorted my group a block to our destination. To be greeted by a stranger on the street with "Buenas" is not uncommon.
During a four-day English camp in which teachers are evaluated before beginning their placement, my students showered me with notes, drawings, and affection. I am encouraged by their warm acceptance of my efforts. I look forward to teaching third, fourth, and fifth grade at all-girls school called Hogar Mariano.