Aisha in Tenguel - update 5

Here's what I've been up to on day 5, 6 and 7.

Saturday – We went into Tenguel to meet Desire, the director of the CDA college where we work with the teenagers, we were invited for lunch before going to do a spot of sightseeing.

We go to a family home for our lunch every day, they are lovely and the food is great and portions huge. We pay $2 each which is nothing for what we get, in general the food and drinks here are very very cheap. For example, 50 cent for a bottle of coke, 30 cent for a bottle of water and $1 for a gallon of water.

Went to a fishing village – very quiet, away from all the hustle and bustle in Tenguel and la ponze after we went to a beautiful natural water pool with beautiful scenery, very reserved and tranquil.

Sunday was the 116th birthday of Tenguel so there was a big village party. All the school children put their best school uniforms and costumes on and did a parade around the town. You would not believe they are the same children we see in the schools. There was a lot of music, dancing food and shows.

The party went on until the next morning; we made an early departure at 6pm as we had to get up for work the next day.

The morning after the night before. I arrived in Tenguel bright and early around 7.50 for work to find people still partying from the day before.

There were only two classes in school today as it is a public holiday, the handful of kids we had really didn’t want to be there and we had a hard time keeping them focused, we let them finish early.

After lunch we went to the CDA college with the teenagers. We are helping them write an article on a subject of their choice using the computers. It has been a nice easy afternoon, we have already bonded and they are a breeze to work with.

Fernando is sat next to me and has asked me to give his saludos (greetings) to the UK, so hello from Fernando.

Tomorrow I am going to visit one of the many banana plantations in Ecuador. In Ecuador they eat bananas like we eat potatoes. Fried, mashed, grilled, sweet, savory – you wouldn’t believe it. There are acres and acres of Banana and cocoa plantations in Ecuador. I will let you know how it goes.

Aisha is one of our Pronino volunteers and is blogging from Latin America. To find out more about Proniño, head to