typical day in the life of ti-blan

5:00am wake up

5:40 walk to church with the sisters and aspirants (the sun is just now about starting to rise)

6:00am Mass

6:45am walk back to the school (usually by this time the streets are bustling with motorcycles, wheelbarrows, chickens, dogs, goats, and kids going to school)

7:00 am breakfast (usually consists of banana- regular or boiled or sometimes both, bread or spaghetti or corn mush- sometimes with spam ; for feast days we have scrambled eggs .. oh and of course a cup of coffee)

7:20am wash dishes- by hand of course

7:30am Sr. Gracitane rings the school bell (it’s a hand bell)

 One of the Sisters gives the word of the day which could range from being a light of Christ to washing your hands

8:00am classes begin

(I sit in the main office while a student from each class comes to ask for 2 pieces of chalk. They now have to ask in English)

9:00am- 10:00 gym class (every class has gym for 30 minutes once a week except 7th grade which I get to teach by myself for an hour on Friday )

10:45am I sort out the jumpropes (they use actually rope) and the balls for recreation

10:45-11:00am- it’s playtime! Recently the 3rd graders have been asking to play Simon says! I love when I have the chance to play basketball

11:00 am – Sr. Gracitane rings the bell- time to line up! I help line up the kindergardners. Sometimes it feels like a mosh pit.

12:00- lunch (it varies but a typical meal is boiled banana, rice, beans, spinach, goat, and for dessert sugar cane. This c On very very special occasions there is goat head. There’s always a fight over who gets to eat the eyes. Unfortunately, I can’t describe what it taste likes because I’ve been too chicken to try it)

1:00-2:00 English class- every day I have two classes.

2:00 Sr. Gracitane rings the bell and it’s time to line up to go home

3-5- I usually meet with someone for english or creole class

6:30 prayer time

7:30 dinner (rice, spaghetti, or fried banana and okra. There is always banana porridge)

9-9:30 bed time

You might wonder what I do in my free hours. Sr. Gracitane or Sr Danielle will typically give me a project or administrative work to do. For example, the Sisters wanted me to make some posters with pictures of the students except I couldn’t use any tape or glue. It was worth it in the end to see how excited the kids were when they saw the posters.

PS Ti-blan is the name some of the kindergartners call me or mwen ti-blan, meaning my little whitie. It’s a privelage to be someone’s blan than just to be a blan. Lokensy, a little five year old girl, came up to me during recreation and said ” Mwen ti-blan manje” (my little whitie eat) while holding up her crackers to my mouth.


About biffy317

This blog is about my year in Haiti. I came here not speaking the language, not having a clear idea of what I will be doing to a small, impoverished country in the middle of a crisis. Haitians have A LOT of sayings and one of them is Piti gren fe gro pie bwa, which means a little seed makes a big tree. I hope that my time here will be fruitful and also to participate and observe as Haiti grows and flourishes as well. Seeds need a lot of time, a good foundation, and help from others to grow.
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