15.08.2013 - 27.08.2013 30 °C
We haven’t done a blog for a while, and a lot has happened since the last time we wrote. We have finished our year teaching English in Carrillo and made some life-long friends and memories.
Now the adventure has continued….
For six weeks we are working on a beautiful private island in the Caribbean, a place we discovered by chance last year. I definitely believe you make your own opportunities, but on this one we really had some luck. The island is owned by a billionaire Mexican banker and functions as a retreat for powerful guests and a very exclusive sport fishing resort. It is around 25km long, with gorgeous sandy beaches the entirety of one side, and mosquito ridden lagoons and swamps the other. As part of the Sian Kian biosphere it boasts incredible wildlife; we have seen deer, foxes, pelicans, sharks, barracuda, huge iguanas, and jaguar paw prints a few metres from our house. The island is pristine; the only exception being the rubbish washed up by the currents from all over the world on the beach. We collect a big bag every day to be recycled and so far we have found motorbike helmets and an iron, amongst the thousands of soft drink bottles and disposable cutlery.
We are teaching English to the workers of the island. Kerri teaches a group of 10 gardeners, who are from small villages in the Yucatan, the idea being that one day they will be promoted within the organisation to waiters or guides. I have a similar sized group of mechanics, waiters, reception staff and guides, all looking to improve their English. We have the freedom of teaching without textbooks; a challenge when we are delivering essentially a 120 hour course, but it’s one we are enjoying and so are the students.
Every day we wake up to the birds early and go for a run along the beach before it gets too hot. Then we go for breakfast. Then we clean the beach and relax in the palapa before lunch. After lunch we plan and then deliver class in the late afternoon after the guys have finished work. I have to drive the length of the island on a quad bike to get to my class, as the island has two micro resorts, each with its own area and staff. Kerri teaches the staff that work where we live. It’s a pretty fun commute, but on the way back there are lot of bugs and I have taken a bat to the face several times. Also I’m constantly expecting to take the bend and then see a jaguar in the road. After class we have dinner and enjoy the couple of hours of electricity we have every day. Normally I’m asleep in the hammock by 10. Our food is all cooked for us by Manuel the chef. He cooks for all the workers and we eat well. Pork and beans, ground beef, chicken and potatoes, mole all standard Mexican casera – home- cooking. Living a fisherman’s paradise we also get a lot of fresh fish cooked every way you can imagine. We eating meat or fish twice a day, which after our more or less vegetarian diet has taken some adjusting to, but then asking for food without meat would probably confuse the chef.
Life is simple here; we come to use the internet once a week and have limited electricity. Our workload is comparatively small and we have every morning free. We live in a Caribbean paradise. Hopefully we will be able to adjust back to reality afterwards.
We hope to update you again soon,
Lewy and Kerri x