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Archive for March, 2012

Folklore Day 2012

Folklore Day is a celebration of Honduran culture and all of its many subcultures, from the Garífuna of the Caribbean coast to the Lenca and Maya of the Western mountains. It’s a day that’s best appreciated through the senses: the colors and costumes, the dances, the music, the essays, and, of course, the regional foods. […]

Our March 2012 Newsletter is Out

Our March 2012 Newsletter is out. It was originally sent out to our e-mail list using Vertical Reponse. If you didn’t receive the email, you can read it on our website. Don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list so you can keep in the loop. View it online: Mayatan Newsletter March 2012

ABSH Spelling Bee

Last month, a group of 14 Mayatan students, 6 teachers, and numerous parents headed off in a school bus bound for a weekend in Tegucigalpa. You don’t take an 8 hour bus ride with kids lightly: their destination was the famed Discovery School, where Mayatan would participate in its first ever English and Spanish Spelling […]

Nashville Soccer

It’s not the Nashville that you’re thinking of. Rather than country music from the heartland of the USA, students at Nashville School in Tegucigalpa probably listens to the same mix of American and Latin pop that are common all over Honduras. What they definitely do, however, is play football. This spring, they sent over a […]

Speech, Speech! – “Let’s Open Our Eyes to our Beautiful Honduras”

This was Mayatan’s first year participating in the Association of Bilingual Schools of Honduras’s (ABSH) annual speech and spelling bee competition. We fielded contestants from elementary, middle, and high school in English and Spanish spelling, and a brave 10th grader named Samuel Leiva participated in the speech competition. Samuel memorized an eloquent speech about the […]

Road to the Ruins

The transportation nightmare is over. After only 7 months of construction, the new road from downtown to the Bird Park just beyond Mayatan has been completed. It took a lot of labor, a lot of political wrangling, and a lot of delays along its half-mile path to the cobblestone roads below, but it’s there: a […]

France, Fashion, and Fourth Grade

Miss Emily’s 4th grade class travels around the world. Throughout the year, they learn about various cultures from Asia to the Americas, and then they create hands-on projects about those cultures: Mummies for Egypt, paper lanterns for China, and so-forth. Most recently, they spent several weeks studying France. Besides crepes, vineyards, metal towers, accordions, and […]

Habitat for Football

Habitat for Humanity is known for building houses, but football? Recently, 18 Canadian volunteers, all from the University of Guelph, stopped by Mayatan for a round of soccer with our students. The Canadians were staying in Copán and working on houses in the nearby town of Cabañas. A game in the hot sun was a […]

Spirit Week 2012

Spirit Week, which coincides with Valentine’s Day, is also about love for the school and having a good time. We relax rules, get a little crazy,  and each year this chaotic week is a hit with teachers and kids alike. This year, every day was assigned a theme: Crazy Hair Monday, Pajama Tuesday, Sports Wednesday, […]

A Volleyball Vanguard

On a recent hot Friday, the Mayatan campus was gripped with volleyball fever. For weeks, secondary school students practiced their volleyball skills with Mr. Hernan, our gym teacher. Then we took an afternoon off for a thrilling display of athletic prowess … and occasional folly. The tournament worked like this: 7th, 8th, and 9th grade […]

The Danes are Alright

This school year, Mayatan has really benefited from visits by some outstanding citizens of Denmark. We’d like to thank Thea and Anne, who recently volunteered for a week at school while they were studying Spanish in town. In the fall, their country-mates, Peter and Nikolaj, showed Mayataners how to dance and do acrobatics to hip […]

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