The olympics comes to Cofradia

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Jul 14, 2010

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Well, last Friday the Olympics came to Cofradia – our own version of them. Zan, one of the volunteers here, previously was a PE teacher back in the UK, and from the beginning planned for the kids to do an Olympics.

We had 5 teams and for the past 3 weeks have been making banners, hobby horses, Olympic torches, flags as well as writing team songs and planning dances. The teams were: England (they couldn't pronounce Great Britain, so England had to do!), Greece (home of the first Olympics), Brazil, Spain and Kenya (because it had black in the flag!). All of the countries had different colour combinations so that worked very well. The kids were split up in to the teams – some from years 1-6 in each. I was allocated to Greece, along with Kevin, another volunteer. Kevin was a former marine and an excellent sprinter, so I felt I was well partnered in any races!

We had the Friday morning, 0715 to 0930 to prepare and then we had the opening ceremony; each team had to give a speech and have a showcase of a song and dance. Greece danced to Zorba the Greek and the kids made up a song:

We are Greece, Greece, Greece!

Greece is a beautiful place

Everyone has a smile over their face

If you come, you will love this place

Greece, Greece, Greece!

I didn’t really enjoy this first part of the morning though, as I felt so much under pressure to get the kids organised and prepared, and I really didn’t think we were prepared at all. However, in the end, as it always does, it worked out okay, even if it could have been a bit better.

After the opening ceremony, we all paraded down to the field and set up camp. It was a very hot and sunny day and there wasn’t any shade at all, so the kids and Honduran teachers took shade where they could! The pictures say it all.

By 1.30pm we hadn’t finished and everyone has gravitated towards the shade, so we called it quits and went back to school. This meant we still had to finish, and did this yesterday. We had 2 hours to run the last races, including a staff skipping race (where I came third!) and a space hopper throw (Kevin won it for the team). It was such a nice day. At break, the kids enjoyed the local snacks and there are some great pictures for you to see the local snack food – baleadas, tacos, pastelitos (fried corn tortillas filled with rice and meat, and covered with pickled cabbage), & pilones (frozen juice in a cup on a stick) as well as the universal pancakes!

Team Greece came second, behind Brazil, so that was a good position in the end! The winning team got a medal each. It was hard for the other kids though not to get a medal or come second…. they don’t take defeat very easily. So that was a big event for the school and some good memories will stay with me!
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mum on

Your team did well! It sounded like fun for the children, shall we see some in future olympics?

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