Education in Ecuador: The laugh of a child
While our group spent three days really getting to know the children at La Escuela Nuevos Horizontes del Sur in Quito, our time interviewing the teachers stood out beyond expectation. Despite a bit of a language barrier, each teacher’s passion was evident through our interviews. Our final teacher, a high school educator, had tears in his eyes as he talked about the infrastructural, supply and instructional needs, emphasizing that both additional manpower and materials would only create a better experience for the kids. His deep discussion about putting love and safety first for these children was inspiring, and gave me hope that children in even the poorest of areas will be successful. During our interviews, I overheard the belly laughs of the younger children at recess and the sounds of the high school students reciting poems, creating a little-known, beautiful learning environment in the heart of rural Ecuador.
by Kate Riley, with images by Addie Haney, Pulitzer Center student fellows from partner Elon University.
Read more from Kate and Addie in Ecuador ahead of their forthcoming project.
If your body is asking for food, the hunger will gradually develop. Emotional hunger is a response to some sort of negative experience or feeling and is usually more of a sudden onset of a craving for a specific food. With emotional hunger you will also feel the need to eat immediately.
If you’re still not sure, wait a few minutes and see what happens. As you do this more and more it will become easier for you to distinguish between the two.
One thing that can help with anger is feeling a sense of power. Things like running, dancing, or other strong physical activities are a great way to get that energy out of your body.
Depending on what works for you- you may also want to try something more calming. Slow down, let your mind relax… sometimes that can help you to organize your thoughts which may bring on the realization that whatever your angry about isn’t all that bad or is something you can work on by staying focused.
Don’t forget to address your anger. None of this means to disregard it, push it back, or try to completely forget about it. You can’t bottle these things up inside. What you want to do is calm yourself, release that negative energy, and organize your thoughts so you can handle the anger in a safe and effective way.
If you’re lonely, reach out to someone. Text, phone, video chat, in person. Even just going outside for a walk or going to a coffee shop with your laptop.
You don’t always have to be directly socializing with people as long as you’re around them. Short term loneliness is sometimes alleviated by simply being in the presence of other people.
If you’re tired, take a look at your schedule. Are you overworking yourself? You may need to make set times within your schedule to take a break. Scheduling breaks may sound weird… but you need it. Don’t burn yourself out. Don’t take on more than you can handle.
Also take a look at your sleep schedule. Are you getting the rest you need? Maybe you need to set an earlier time to get to bed in order to wake up feeling refreshed. Your body will thank you.
The last thing is that you can’t be afraid take time for yourself or say no to things.