Testimonies

We have several testimonies from volunteers who worked with us in our first years in Honduras. They were bright young people who really wanted to help their fellow Hondurans. They ranged from high school and university students to moms, chefs, and engineers.
 
As we get more experience with volunteers here in Texas, we will start including them as well.
 
Our youngest Honduran volunteer to give us a testimony was Alejandro Mazzoni, 14 at the time (2008), a student at the high school in Catacamas, Olancho. Here he is shown demonstrating a matching game using photos of bugs and their parts. In the background is a staff member.
 
This is the translation of what Alejandro wrote in Spanish:
I had a lot of fun learning with kids of 7 years and up. When a kid made too much noise, we made him read the Activiteca rules.  I had a never-before-seen experience, because not only I learned what I need to learn, but also other persons who had never been in a school.
 
Activiteca is something that has helped us and will keep helping Honduras.  And I hope the children at the next place will know how to appreciate Activiteca, because it is going to serve them for their education and their life.
 
Ninoska Rosales was a 19-year-old law student when she started her 3 years as a volunteer at the center in Catacamas; she helped in Club Activiteca, fairs, and teacher workshops.  

Her comments, translated from Spanish:

I remember very well the occasion when we taught some CEREPA patients; it was really interesting sharing with these persons.  I also worked with children; I carried out many activities, reinforcing their math, science, reading, grammar, history, with puzzles and other educational games.  It was truly fascinating to see how our children can learn things in a practical and entertaining form, by means of games, things which in school were so hard for them due to the boring teaching methods.

The experiences I had with Activiteca will be unforgettable, because I did something I have always enjoyed, teaching.  And more than that, I enjoyed facilitating the process by which the kids, through putting to work their own brain, creativity, imagination, and five senses, were able to draw their own conclusions. That delighted me, especially with primary kids, because they have so much energy and the disposition to learn and assimilate rapidly.  

Another thing I liked was the discipline we used, so that in order to participate at the table, the kids had to follow the rules or leave.  That helped us concentrate and made the whole learning process easier.    

Activiteca helped me a lot by presenting ideas in a practical and amusing form; I was able to understand things I never could as a girl, either because they were never taught me, or because the teachers' methods were not the best. Through Activiteca I realized how obsolete is the education in our country; it doesn't teach us to think, to draw our own conclusions, to use our own ideas, or to let our creativitiy and imagination go. It's completely the opposite of Activiteca, which uses practical methods by which the children learn while playing, making, practicing, thinking, etc. It's definitely not theoretical and boring; everything is concrete and super-fun.
Alejandro introduces a girl to a game of matching cards showing insects and their parts. Sometimes Club Activiteca, an out of school time program, was held in the municipal square nearby.


















At a monthly fair held by Activiteca for CEREPA patients in rehab for substance abuse, Ninoska shows the visitors the difference in weight between an empty balloon and an inflated one.
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