PwC along with PeaceWork (a non-profit) has done this project for the past four years (dubbed “Project Belize”), so by now they have things down pat. There were around 200 interns, staff and partners that participated in the project. It was great to get to know many of the different coworkers that I may work with in years to come. I enjoyed getting to know the different teaching styles and interests of people from all over the US.
I quickly realized that this trip was going to be anything but a relaxing vacation. We were immediately given our team assignments and we started preparing our lessons for the three-day financial literacy camps. On Sunday night, I began to further understand how much the Belizean government appreciated us coming to help. The Mayor spoke to us, then the Minister of Education and later we would hear from the Prime Minister. Pretty cool!
The nice Raddison hotel
In Belize, public funded education stops after what is equivalent to our 7th or 8th grades. So we spent a lot of time encouraging them that they can do anything that they want in life. They can go on to high school, college, and beyond. They can start their own business and make it successful! I was deeply reminded of how grateful I am to live in a country as wonderful as ours. Sure, there are issues that we would all like to fix, but I am so happy to have the liberties that we all enjoy and love.
|Notice the bag of water in her hand.|
Man, it’s tough getting everything that I did packed into one of these tiny blog posts. I apologize to anyone who fell asleep reading this. It was a great experience. I learned so much about a lovely culture. We can learn a lot from them. They constantly say the word “beautiful.” They say these “beautiful people” or this “beautiful day.” I love that! There is so much beauty out there!