Running the streets of Trujillo

C-c-c-c-cumbiaaaa! If the tremendous sound of music or traffic hasn’t kept you up all night, there still might be a chance that you couldn’t sleep because of the cold wind blowing everywhere in your house and room. Luckily, the second problem could be solved by fixing various holes with cleaning wipes. I can confirm it’s an improvement from 4 to only 2 required sheets every night!

Apart from the two days I entirely spent in my newly decorated room (yes, getting sick because your body firstly needs to adjust to the admittedly delicious Peruvian food sucks), I hardly come back home during the day. This is mostly because school ends late and there are various activities after. Getting to know other teachers and coordinators, visiting the beach of Huanchaco, signing up for local Taekwondo training and of course getting used to the public transport system take lots of time off the day. The streets are intensely crowded but the taxis, micros (small busses) and colectivos (something in between) are a surprisingly efficient and cheap way to get around in Trujillo. There are no official stops – just wave, get in, shout „Baja!“ and get off wherever you want. Micros and colectivos have their routes and every ride is only 1,50 Soles which is about 40 cents.

But lets talk a bit about school too. I only work at the Colegio Max Planck which is one of the most popular private schools in Trujillo. The grades are divided into Primaria (1-6) and Secundaria (7-11) and they already start teaching German in grade 4 (cuarto de primaria). There is only one German teacher (Miss Lizbeth) who just graduated from university and came to Max Planck recently. She doesn’t have much experience yet but is very motivated to make the best of it.
You need to know that school here is very different. In my case, the children will be running around and talking or even shouting the whole time during class which makes classical teaching as we know it impossible. Calming the students, no matter what age, takes up to 70% of the time. But you also need to consider that these children aren’t all little devils – they will try to talk to you about anything because they’re immensely curious and they will always hug you as a greeting or just casually too.

At the end of November, the German language exams take place (A1-B1) and on Saturdays preparation classes are held for that occasion. I’m genuinely interested how these are going to be and how the results will turn out!

~ Jenny

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