A Two Part Post

The first part is below, but the second part will come in the form of an email for those who are interested. I wanted to write more candidly about the education system, so I will not be posting it publicly. If you’d like me to email it to you, please leave your address in a comment below. Thanks!


Snapshot of an average weekday

15 minutes exercising; every four days or so I’ll do an hour of exercise or so. Not as much as I’d like.

30 minutes spent on the internet or phone; talking with Amanda or family, email, news

30 minutes spent writing; blog post, journal, emails

30 minutes spent with family; sitting in front of the store, eating, playing with the baby

30 minutes buying things; walking between multiple stores to get bread, fruit, rice, snacks, etc.

45 minutes on miscellaneous chores; laundry, tidying room, showering

1 hour planning for classes; high school classes or community classes

1 hour traveling; usually by bus, but sometimes by bicycle and plenty of walking

1 hour listening to podcasts; mostly NPR

2 hours reading; books, news articles, magazines

3 hours cooking and eating

4 hours teaching classes

9 hours sleep; usually from 10:00-7:00


This list isn’t all that representative of a typical day, but I tried to take the averages over a week to look at representative quantities of time spent in each activity. For example, I usually spend about an hour and a half every three days on the internet or phone, which is an average of 30 minutes per day. I tried not to count things that I do simultaneously, like dishes and cooking. This also explains why I list only one hour of listening to podcasts and music; I listen to more like four hours daily because I do it during much of my cooking, eating and traveling.

I don’t spend a whole lot of time teaching or working yet, but as I get more involved in the community I see myself spending less time cooking (because of experience and laziness), less time reading, and maybe a bit less sleeping while doing more project work. On the weekends I do most of my planning with my counterparts, more socializing with new friends, more reading and more traveling.

A meal I was happy with


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Janet Boddy on March 21, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I can see why you were happy with this meal! It’s spectacularly beautiful.


  2. Posted by Lisa on March 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    That watermelon looks absolutely divine! Can you send me part two? (lisa.gaetjens@gmail.com). Glad to hear everything is still going well in Nica. 🙂


  3. Posted by Jeff Bush on July 30, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Hi Andrew,

    I’m a former teacher (states) and currently working on doc in ed. I seriously considering PC when done with coursework. I have enjoyed reading about you experiences there so far. I have traveled to Nica twice already and would hope to be placed there with PC. I would like to hear about your observations of schools and ed. there. Please send the email!

    I admire your work and commitment. Mucha suerte!



  4. Posted by Carol Lindsay on July 31, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Would you send me the email? Thanks.


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