News in English
I have to make some apologises : I didn't translate my last articles in English. It was too much work, and I am a bit lazy right now because I have a lot of things to do here. I have to organize my settlement, to plan my courses, to learn highschool-program, to discover this new place, to go to a lot of work meetings (administration you know ...), etc. And, last but not least, internet is very difficult to use here (and very slow) and my pink-Finnish computer just broke down. So I'm writing from a computer in a room of the highschool, but there is only six computers working for hundreds of students, and internet is slowest than never.
Anyway, I would be stupid to complain, I knew it would be a problem here, and there is a lot of good points to be here. Of course, nature is amazing : My second day I saw monkeys, there is bananas and mango trees in my garden (and a lot of mosquitoes, finally there is someting common with Finland), and weather is warmer than it has never been in Finland. Even if the job is difficult (some of my students have a very bad level, some of them don't know how to write their name, even when they are 16 years old, a lot don't know where is France or Europe on a world' map, and it's a bit complicated to follow the official teaching program which has been written for kids in France, and they are very agitated and I have to behave like a cop) there is a lot of good sides,I think it's the same for every teaching job. It's always perfect when kids look interested, when it seems you are helping them to learn something or to open their minds, or when a very shy amerindian kid (amerindian kids are all very shy, and aluku kids are the oppostie) comes after the lesson to tell you "Teacher, me I like history" before running away.
People here lives in very poor conditions (half of houses are slums) and the town is very isolated (there isn't any road from Cayenne, so everything has to come with small planes or canoes). Half of population is descendants of african slaves who ran away from plantations between 16th and 18th centuries, so they recreated an original society, with a lot of african traditions mixed with things borrowed to amerindian and european cultures. A famous dish here is called "couac", a kind of flour made with manioc, and except that people eat a lot of meat and fish, but surprinsingly vegetables and fruits are very expansive, because they are coming from coastal cities, so they have to use plane to bring its here. They have a tongue called "aluku" which is a kind of decreased English. Other people here are amerindians (more precisely, they are Wayanas) or French who work at the highschool, the post office, or in any other administration.
I forgot probably a lot of things, but I will try to complete, and to write my next articles in both languages, french and english.