Life As An Alzar School Student In Idaho And Chile
Rising before the sun, students shimmy out of their yurts in Idaho or cabañas en Chile at different times for various duties (cook, outdoor, or dish) which rotate each week. When a student is on cook duty they wake up early to prepare banana pancakes, instant oatmeal, cereal and yogurt, or eggs for a 7:20 breakfast.
The first class period begins at 7:50am and after the fifth period it’s lunch time. Students’ schedules vary day-to-day and some periods are not occupied with class, which gives them an opportunity to work on homework.
Teaching Fellows prepare lunch (sometimes hot, sometimes cold), dish crew cleans up group dishes, and an afternoon of 3 class periods finishes just before 4pm. Late afternoon activities consist of the following: Monday we gather for an all-school community meeting and on-campus fun, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays entail outdoor adventures (kayaking, hiking, exploring Chilean pueblos), Wednesdays students meet with their mentor (one of the 4 teachers) and have free time.
At 6pm students spend 30 minutes completing chores, and then everyone gathers around a long table for a delicious (currently authentic Chilean) meal prepared by the neighboring restaurant. The days end with a 2-hour study hall until 9:30 and lights out by 10pm.
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