I’m sorry we weren’t able to post any updates while we were in Central Asia! Our internet was spotty at best, and we were all very busy with classes.
The first day after we arrived was spent with university students working on conversational English and playing games. All of the students were super welcoming and made us feel right at home. Hospitality is a huge part of their culture in that area, and we could clearly see it playing into all of our interactions.
The next four days were spent teaching English classes at a school for kids age 5 – 18. We were split up and sent to three different school locations, as well as assigned host families to stay with. Each location taught 3-5 classes a day, with anywhere from 10 to 25 students. The local teachers thought it would be fun if we came up with a Halloween theme for the last two days of class, so we figured out some games to play during class time. Most of the students don’t celebrate Halloween, so it was a fun surprise for them.
I think we would all agree that it was an adventure staying with host families! There was at least one person in each home who spoke English, but usually the rest of the family didn’t. We stayed in pairs, and every pair had different challenges, but we all LOVED our host families! They made us delicious meals and acted as our guides around the city. Our hosts were amazing and we are so thankful for their generosity!
The rest of our time was spent in a hostel in the city. We spent each day seeing different historical sites, going to popular places, and hanging out at the mall next to our hostel. We had the opportunity to go to a night market, an ice skating rink in the mountains, and a tourist hotspot with some rides and a zoo.
We loved our time in Central Asia. Many of us wanted to stay another few months! We met so many wonderful people and made many new friends. This stop in our journey was amazing, we feel so lucky to have had this chance to experience this culture.