Fourth Grade According to Jerson

Read this interview by Amigos de Jesus 4th grader, Jerson, to find out his favorite classes and future aspirations!

Q: What is your name?
A: Jerson.

Q: What grade are you in?
A: Fourth.

Q: Who are your teachers in fourth grade?
A: Ms. Stephanie, Prof. Selena, and Prof. Caterin.

The Lessons I Learned

It has been a year and a half since I last left Honduras, dirty, exhausted, and so incredibly grateful. A lot in my life has changed since then. I no longer pick ants out of my drinking water. I no longer sit at night and watch the sun set over the dazzling mountains at the Guatemalan border.

Summer Camp & Miss Brianna

As a very eager, soon to be senior in college, I was desperate to make my summer of 2015 a defining one. I had an exciting internship lined up in Boston, but with an unexpected turn of events, I came across BECA and took a leap of faith to instead spend part of my summer teaching in Cofradia, Honduras.

A Day in the Life of Miss Jenna

Bounce…. bounce… bounce… goes the soccer ball against the wall during recess, the tennis ball between 5th and 6th grade as they play some version of racquet ball minus the racquets, and Miss Jenna as she goes from Kinder to 2nd, to 1st, then to 3rd, then to Prepa, plus lunch, and lastly to 4th all in a day.

Meet the Teachers: Santa Monica Bilingual School

At each of our three schools, BECA volunteers teach alongside Honduran educators to provide a quality, affordable bilingual education to each and every one of our students. While BECA teachers give classes in math, science, and English, as other non-core subjects, our Honduran partners teach Spanish, social studies, reading, and spelling.

Life After BECA

Christmas Eve, 2015. I’m sitting in my bed at my parents’ house enjoying several relaxing days away from work and feeling nostalgic as I often do about my time in Honduras. Two years ago at this time, my students and I had just broken open a treat-filled piñata to kick off our vacation.

A Day in the Life of Mr. Ryan

“Vaya pues.” Roughly is translates to “so it goes.” That's the Buddhist-sounding, laid-back attitude I was told to have when I first signed up to work at Santa Monica Bilingual School almost three years ago. Despite all I've learned about lesson planning and classroom management, that advice sticks out as more valuable than any other.