After graduating from university, I found myself starting to wonder what my next steps would be in terms of working towards my career and completing further schooling. I noticed that I wasn’t as happy as I wanted to be or as happy as I knew I could be, due to my fear of the unknown. Being somebody who hasn’t done much travelling before (apart from staying at various resorts with friends or family), taking the risk to come to Honduras to teach English was a huge deal for me. It is safe to say I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. I remember I said to my mom as we were leaving for the airport, ‘I think I’m making a huge mistake, I don’t think I can do this.’ Little did I know that this ‘huge mistake’ I thought I was making would turn out to be hands down the best decision I’ve ever made.
My first day was a bit of a blur, I remember feeling completely overwhelmed and extremely nervous. However, as soon as I met those amazing children in Kinder everything changed. I felt myself bond instantly with them, which caused my uneasiness to vanish. I noticed that only having two hours of class a day with them did not feel like enough, I felt myself missing them by the end of the day and constantly looking forward to seeing them the following morning. Having only originally planned to stay until the end of the school year and not come back, I found myself thinking about how tough it would be to say goodbye to them for good in June. It took me less than one week here in Honduras to decide I would be returning for the next school year. Not only was it the best decision I’ve ever made, but it was the easiest one too.
Life in Cofradia is beautiful. Whether it’s getting crepes at the cafe with friends, visiting students’ houses and spending time with their families, or going swimming at the local swimming pool (Las Rocas), there is always something fun to do. The moto rides (small little taxis), cute thrift stores, movie theatres, and amazing restaurants make life here so interesting. In addition, travelling around to various parts of Honduras has immensely added to my amazing life here as well, whether it is beach trips to Tela or getaways to the tropical island of Utila, these trips have given me memories I will cherish for a long time.
I would HIGHLY recommend coming to teach at CBS. As I said before, stepping out of my comfort zone and choosing to live here in Cofradia was the best decision I’ve ever made! I have never been an overly emotional person but I can honestly say that my heart has been so full ever since I arrived here. I have received so much love and support from students, their families, andthe volunteers I have also reciprocated so much love, more than I knew I was ever capable of.
Thanks for reading, I hope I get to meet you soon!!
– Miss Jess, Kindergarten and Prepatoria Teacher