Two year contracts seem to be the way things go here. And the place is different enough from the US that it seems people either can't wait for their contract to be over, or they just fall in love with it and don't want to leave. I know the "honeymoon" stage of a new culture can last for several months, so we'll see where I am by then :)
I'm trying to contact the Eco Fair to see how much time I"d get with each group of kids. (And hoping it's a group time... not just a "wander by when you feel like it" because that could get tricky to get people included in the middle... though still doable!)
She has been there just a tad over a year. Her commitment is for 2 years, but I think she wants to get back to U.S. to a "regular" law job. She and my daughter graduated from law school in 2010. When they started in 2007, they were told 90% of them woud be employed by Sept.after they graduated in May. Then the recession hit and the employment rate in Sept was about 60% and the law school thought that was great. Glad you like the idea. It's Thursday in Saipan, isn't it!
Kids this age are going to want to move. Check out this five minute video with a great silly to calm yoga routine for kids. www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X8M-3OQU8k Then have some water for them to drink and talk about the importance of hydration. Perhaps have examples of fruits and veggies that would have water in them and ask if they can identify. Ask them to describe what water tastes like... that will stump them for a while.
That's all I can think of right now. BTW, I have a friend on Saipan... she is a young attorney working for the U.S. district courts.
I hate that I have been MIA for so long!! I just moved overseas to Saipan (near Guam) and I'm still getting settled. The first week was bad health-wise – we have a minimally stocked kitchen with rusty knives *lol* All of my gear is still boating slowly over here! But my husband and I have been excited about the easy of availability of local produce, so we're getting back in to a routine! And I even got up early this morning and did a home workout! Woohoo!
So, now that I'm getting back to SP, I was hoping for some advice!
I have been asked to participate in an Eco Fair here in April For several days, all the 4th and 5th graders on the island will be bussed in to the local Federal Park. They asked if I would set up a small activity/education booth. So I was trying to think of fun and interesting info/demos/activities. The theme of the Eco Fest is a lot of health for self and environment (they'll have a dentist, fire safety, energy efficiency, recycling, hopefully some composting stuff, etc) When I asked what they wanted from me, they we're kind of vague and just said "We'd like to emphasize that personal health is essential if one is to save the earth." They would like the focus to be on nutrition and food, but also general health. Thoughts on how to engage 4th and 5th graders on this? And tie it to nutrition? I'm not used to working with that age group!
It'll be 2000-3000 kids, so – as much as I'd love to do a food demo to let everyone taste – cost will likely be an issue (and probably having an electric outlet). POSSIBLY if it used local produce, such as banana, mango, coconut water, leafy greens, bitter melon, cassava, and other tropical foods. However, this is a pretty unhealthy culture I will be working with – staples of the people are white rice, spam, and deep frying. So I can't do anything too extreme that would be rejected by taste buds untrained to enjoy natural foods. Plus, I won't have a lot of parents, so it may be hard to convince a mom to try a recipe that she didn't get to taste, just on the child's wish. But maybe not! Again, I haven't worked with this age before!
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