The obligatory photo
Instead of one of my usual blogs I decided to be a little spontaneous and do a little project. First a little background. As a part of my time in Ecuador I am volunteered at La Fundacion El Arenal which works with young students (from about age 5 to 15) after school as well as conducts other programs. I have only be worked with their after school program. This was all arranged for me through El Nomad Immersion Programs. I helped the teacher with the younger students finish their homework and other tasks. Then, they had free time until snack time. I usually then left during snack time because by then I would have put in about two or two and a half hours and that is plenty of time each day. These kids are filled with tons of energy and some of them are so stubborn it is amazing but all of them crave attention and just love when you talk to them even if you have to ask “Qué?” about a hundred times.
My spontaneous project was this – wherever I travel and whatever I do I like to take pictures to remember even every day moments. Some get posted to my blog or Facebook but, the majority are just for my own personal enjoyment. With that being said I brought out my camera one day during the free time to capture a free of their activities, like some of the boys’ constant need to play marbles (with rules I have yet to figure out) and some of the interesting friendships. Well, of course, some of them wanted their picture taken and then some of them asked to use my camera. It took me about two seconds to say yes. I had two rules – one, you first had to take a photo with me and two, you had to stay within my sight with the camera. The only other instructions I had were showing them how to hold it so their fingers weren’t over the lens and to “push the big button hard” (in Spanish of course). That was about the limit of my camera language in Spanish.
Each student had between 5-10 minutes with my camera and could take however many photos they wanted and of whatever they wanted. I didn’t delete any photos other than the ones that were black (because their finger covered the lens) or were so blurry you couldn’t make out what was in the photo. Below are some of the results of their efforts. I think many of them turned out better than some of my photos! I welcome your thoughts on their photos as well as your thoughts on if you have done a project like this on any of your travels. I may try this project again next time I travel and work with kids. It was so fun to see their enjoyment in working with the camera.
All of the below photos were taken by the kids themselves!
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