Latin America
Teacher's Guide

March 27, 1999 Update

The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Abeja - By Hook or By Crook, But Not By Plane

Abeja tells of her hilarious adventures trying to secure that long-sought boat to Colombia

For younger students, this dispatch is probably filled with enough adventure and ideas new to them, that to have them simple discuss, or do a reflection involving a drawing or something similar, will engage them and help them better understand Abeja's circumstances.
For older students, Abeja raises some questions that can be explored by your students more in depth. Why is Abeja doing this? Why do some people choose to engage in something like what Abeja is doing when others choose very different jobs? Should more people think like Abeja? It is important to look at this from two angles: 1- the question of being engaged in civic service, 2- the question of what makes one's own life worth living (in a Jack London or Hemingway philosophy).
Kevin - Do You Know Senor Bornel?

Kevin and Abeja visit the coastal village of Palenque, view evangelical ceremonies and encounter children seeking some photo opportunities.

This story, in conjunction with the Team's and Shawn's, can be a good in for a look at religions in Latin America, both thinking about the planting of Catholicism there, as well as for the modern day growth of the evangelical movement. It can be an interesting way to begin a more in depth consideration of these various religions, or a chance for students to learn about the different religions of their fellow classmates.
Team - Religion in Latin America

The Team provides a broad historical background to religious trends in Latin America, most notably Catholicism.

See the suggestions for the previous article (by Kevin).
Shawn - The Black Christ of Portobelo

In the town of Portobelo on the Caribbean side of Panama, stories about El Christo Negro abound.

See the suggestions for the previous dispatch by Kevin, as well as the dispatch by the Team on religion.
Kavitha - Tomorrow, Tomorrow

After a host of starts and stops, Kavitha, Shawn and Monica incur even more delays and look forward to leaving Panama.

This story is good to tie in the activity on Abeja's story.

Monica - 20 Dollars to Leave

Monica convinces an immigration officer to lower an exit fee to three dollars per person. Afterwards, she convinces Shawn and Kavitha to take longer, probably safer journey on a different ship.

This story affords some insight into the way one interacts with officials and bureaucracy throughout much of the world, where bartering and doing all you can to please authority is particularly important.
This story is also good to tie in with the activity on Abeja's story.

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