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Youth development via English class

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Goal-setting lessons 

This week, my Colombian teacher counterparts, Ines, Faride and I put together a lesson on goal-setting and life plans, all cleverly disguised in a grammar and verb lesson (future tense verbs ftw.) Ines said that this is such a new concept–planning ahead and thinking about actual steps to take to realize a goal isn’t a very common pastime in the culture here, but we both felt passionate about getting the kids to think in depth about their futures. I enjoyed challenging them to dream bigger and more specifically.

Some of the inspiring ideas and goals we heard:

To work with disabled children

To learn English to become an airline pilot

To learn Portuguese

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Opposite Workouts for Opposite Ideals

I realized the other day the effect our cultural differences have on fitness: we’re striving for opposite ends of the same goal. In my culture, physical “beauty” is defined by thin, delicate bodies with flat stomachs and minimal hips. So tall, hourglass me is lifting heavy weights and amping up the core work to lose my breasts and slim my hips. 

But in my gym, I noticed a very thin, athletically built girl lifting 5-pound dumbbells and doing endless sets of leg lifts; in coastal culture, beautiful bodies are defined by big breasts and prominent butts. Her thin, straight frame isn’t enough here, and she’s trying to get a body more like my cursed curves. 

In effect, we’re doing opposite workouts to achieve our opposite ideals of beauty. Will it work?