Calling all teachers, parents, crafty people!
Jun. 8, 2009 11:57 am
Updated: Jul. 24, 2009 10:22 am
Admittedly, this is a cry for help. My creativity escapes me when it comes to my latest project. So, that’s where you all come in! Let me give you a few details on my venture…
In approximately three weeks I am leaving for the Dominican Republic! [Insert my shrill shrieking of excitement here.] This is a volunteer trip, most of the time I’ll be helping to build a home for a Dominican family. The region where we’ll be building this home is very economically poor, homes are built from wood, and aren’t sustainable during their hurricane seasons. We’ll use bricks we make and cement to make them a home that will last!
The part of the trip I’m most excited about is a day camp for Dominican children. And yes, this is where you come in! I’m calling all parents, teachers, aunts and uncles, grandparents, crafty and thrifty people—I know you’re out there! I have been assigned to come up with one or two projects to lead during the day camp.
Here are the details:
There will be approximately 200 children, ages 7-13. The kids will be in groups of about 25, and I’ll have a group for about 45-60 minutes each. So, I could do the same activity for several consecutive groups.
I’ve been told to focus on things that can be finished at the camp, rather than taking home half-finished projects. Having a finished project to take home from camp will give the kids a sense of accomplishment and success! Plus, I have to be able to make the project and explain it to them in Spanish, so a complex and intricate piece of origami might be inexpensive and easy to transport, but maybe not the easiest to explain to children in a foreign language. (I do speak Spanish—in case you were wondering! It’s not perfect, but I try!)
I need to bring all of my materials for the project with me (scissors, glue, paper, beads, string, etc.) so they will all need to be packed. Not only does this stuff need to be easily transported, it needs to be somewhat light in my luggage and inexpensive. With 200 heads, I can’t afford a project that’s very expensive.
Water and electricity are unreliable, meaning for several hours we might not have use of either until power or water has resumed. So using things that require electricity or large amounts of water will not be practical.
Something else to keep in mind is the impoverished area in which the children live. Making projects that create a lot of waste or are insensitive to their environment would not be respectful on my part. For example, necklaces made from painted pasta tubes or art made from food would likely be more appreciated as food rather than something they’d hang on the wall. I’d like to remain sensitive to the local community members who cannot afford the things we sometimes take for granted here.
I hope there are some Allrecipeeps out there who can give me ideas, I welcome any and all of them! I promise to post pictures of the trip when I return home too!
Thanks so much! –Jenny