By Julie Brod
After a healthy serving of pancakes for breakfast, we walked to the Chajul lumber yard to meet the van that would be taking us to today’s big activity. We then loaded the van with precut lumber and headed to Batzul to start our second vermiculture project.
When we arrived at Batzul’s primary school, we immediately started building the worm compost station. While the majority our group was helping with the construction, the remaining students helped the children cut up vegetables that would serve as ingredients for organic pesticides and insecticides.
The team leaders for the Batzul project (Daniel, Cristina and I) conducted an interview with the teachers and director of the school to find out secondary projects for our next visit Friday. They suggested we give the kids an English lesson as well as a lesson on personal hygiene. We left the school almost done with the worm compost box and a few mixes of the organic pesticides.
For lunch, a local Batzul woman cooked our group a large helping of boxbol. However, each of us could eat no more than five pieces before we had to give up. (We have grown somewhat tired of boxbol). Luckily, when we returned to our hotel, Jake, Laura, Sydney and Kesley made us grilled cheese sandwiches.
After class, we had downtime and time to study for an upcoming test in Dr. Moore’s class.
For supper, we had spaghetti made by our Philanthropiece visitors from Colorado. After boxbol, we were more than happy for a “normal” meal!