I have a big volunteer project I'm planning with my friend Tara, at the nonprofit where I had the backpack project last year. It's called Creation Station and it's going to be a gathering for the Bienestar residents, with the purpose of teaching and empowering. It's an experiment really...we don't know if 50 people will show or 250. And those that do show might not like it....but regardless, we'll do our best. I'll share more about it later, but the station that I'm leading is: teaching how to crochet. I know, you're laughing right? Remember I haven't done this particular activity myself for 17 years? And I have never tried to teach anyone. Much less a group.
Oh, and did I mention that it's highly likely that about 50% of the people attending will speak very little English? Bienestar serves mostly Hispanic families. My Spanish skills are limited.
I know some key phrases, like:
- Lo siento, mi espanol es muy mal! (I'm sorry, my spanish is very bad)
- No puedo ayudarle. (I can't help you)
- No puedo comer ahora (I can't eat now)
- No tengo gusto el usted. (I don't like you)
- Hay un perro en mis pantalones. (There's a dog in my pants-I learned this from a teenager a few yrs ago, haven't used it yet)
In preparation of my big debut as a crochet teacher, I had a few friends over to let me practice my skill-sharing. The plan is that I will attempt to teach a group of 8-12 people of all ages how to do a basic crochet stitch in a 20 minutes period.