Berbice Feature Post: A Typical Tuesday

For those of you who wonder what we get up to minute by minute (Mom), this one’s for you!

6:15 AM: Rise and shine! Ali and Eric wake up to the sound of their phone alarm and get set to take on the day.

6:45 AM: The Berbice pair starts their daily workout routine.  Running is no longer an option with the rainy season in full force, so they prefer to do some intense circuit training.

8:00 AM: Breakfast is Ali’s favorite part of the day. Oatmeal, bananas, eggs – a nutritious meal!

8:45 AM: After breakfast Ali and Eric take some time to look over their lesson plans for the day and cool off with a nice shower.

9:45 AM: Time to catch a cab! To get a short ride (our usual trip) it is custom to point down, where as a long ride is signaled by pointing upwards.  We have become well accustomed to the transportation lingo in Guyana!

10:00 AM: Ali and Eric get to spend some rare time apart as they teach a solo lesson at Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary. This past week we taugh about contraceptives as well as STIs and HIV/AIDS.

11:15 AM: The pair reunites at the local internet cafe.  It is a great chance to keep in touch with friends back home and to bring you these lovely blog posts.

12:30 PM: Lunch time! On most days we love to hit up our favorite spot: Sha’veh! The menu consists of 10 different items everyday. and the service is absolutely wonderful!


1:30 PM: The groups heads back off to do some teaching, this time at Berbice Islamic School.  On Tuesdays we teach the younger Form 1 + 2 students.  The school is very welcoming and the students are a pleasure to teach.

2:45 PM: Ali and Eric head to the market to pick up some groceries for the week.

3:30 PM: Finally home for some precious minutes of relaxation.  Ali and Eric love to do some reading with their spare time.  We are both current reading the Game of Thrones series, and enjoying it thoroughly.
4:15 PM: The pair ships off to the Letter Kenny Youth Friendly Space to hold a short lesson and play some games afterwards.  Its always a blast hanging out with the kids!

6:00 PM: Once the group is back home, dinner is the first thing on their minds.  Stuffed eggplant seems to be a go to dish, which is easy to make and very delicious – don’t forget the Parmesan!

7:00 PM: After dinner, Ali and Eric get some chance to relax as well as lesson plan for the following day. Its great to take some time to reflect on the past day and try to improve on lesson plans in any way possible.

9:00 PM: An early bedtime, but very welcomed.  

Time has flown by and we only have two weeks left. We can’t wait to get back home and share more stories with our friends and family.

Ali and Eric
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