Capstone 2018: Merida
TIS students visited a local public school in Merida, where they taught the local children some English words, and the local children taught TIS students Maya. After class, they were treated to a typical dance from Yucatan called Jarana. Students and parents brought many school supplies and other gifts to the school, and the principal generously gave a tour and treated everyone to horchata and a savory and sweet dessert.
(From Mayan Heritage): The Jarana is reminiscent of the town festivities from the XVIL century held in primitive cattle ranches, where the cattle shoeing festivity happened among dances and parties organized by the owner of the ranch. One of the most popular dances was the Vaqueria or Jarana, which requires a special skill.
After the public school visit, they had lunch together at a local restaurant, where Neve and Maia were surprised by a birthday cake and singing.