Teaching English in Monterrey, crossing the usa/mexican border

After a few days of workshops in Dallas, it was finally time to go to Mexico. We were all excited to teach English and to get out of Dallas. For many of us, it was our first time to America’s Southern neighbor.

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mountain range in Monterrey, Mexico- Hugo Morel

As we got on the bus, we had no idea how long of a bus ride we were in for. Once about 8 hours passed by, we arrived in Brownsville, Texas. A border town with lots of social problems. The atmosphere completely changed, you could cut the air with a knife. The city looked very poor, broken houses everywhere. It was as if, we were in another country and not the USA. The people walking on the streets looked very tensed and scared. This was completely another world.

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border guards, Hugo Morel 

Once at the border, the air became thicker. All the guards had semiautomatic guns. This was not a laughing matter. The border control made us get out of the bus and checked our bags on a white table, as shown in the picture above. As one of the guards was checking my bags, I looked him in the eye by accident. The other two were quick to put their hands on their guns. It was as if, I was some type of criminal. The lives these guards live, there is not much smiling. I didn’t felt love here and I only sensed hate mixed with fear.

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USA/Mexican border on Christmas day, Hugo Morel

After the scare from the border control, we passed through the border. On Christmas day, we were finally in Mexico. You can see the differences and it was heartbreaking. A lot of women showing off their bodies on street corners. There were a lot of men just sleeping on the floor with a look of despair. The hopelessness in people’s face, made us realize how lucky we are to be Americans. Seeing all this, made us want to teach even more.

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another shot of the Mexican mountain range , Hugo Morel

We finally arrived to where we were going to teach, the University of Tecmilenio. Unfortunately, they did not allow us to take photos of the school or the classroom. As the classes started, we saw the looks in the adults’ faces. Their faces expressed friendliness and warmth. As we taught more English, their faces lite up and English was finally clicking. This experience was so amazing. A lot of the adult students, invited us to their homes. The stories they gave us really touched our hearts. Many of them, have seen crimes unthinkable. Coming to the USA, for a lot of them, was their only way for a better life. The rest that will stay, learning English is needed to getting better jobs. This was one of the most memorable experiences on my travels.

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outside view of the school we taught, Hugo Morel

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Crossing the Brazilian border

Brazil home of the bikini, the Brazilian wax,  capoeira and some of the best soccer players in the world. We were extremely excited to visit Brazil. We only wish it was easy for us to get there.  The crew went trough a lot of trials.

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It all started in the Misiones province, Argentina. We used a bus company named CATA International. The company was awesome, they treated us well. We just took them on uncharted roads. The picture below is one of the buses getting stuck in the mud. It took us about an hour to get the bus out.

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The Picture below is the Iguazu River. The river is connected to the Iguazu falls. Starts at the falls and flows into Argentina. The Iguazu falls is one of the new seven world wonders of nature.

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Before going to Brazil, we stopped by the Iguazu falls on the Argentinian side. I was unable to take photos of the of the falls due to not wanting my camera getting wet. The pic below is brought to you by brazil bookers. We when were at the falls, we took a boat tour. It was amazing, unfortunately I had my mouth open. Ended up swallowing two mouth fulls of water. This was when I got sick.

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We crossed the border into Brazil after waiting for an hour. Once in Brazil, you can tell the difference in the soil. The Brazilian soil has a more Orange tone to it. The soil looked more fertile compared to Argentina’s. During our first day in Brazil, one of the buses’ battery died on a train track. The train was running at full speed, there was no time to get of the bus to evade the train. Luckily, the train’s conductor saw the bus and stop just in time. The picture shows the scene after the train stopped.

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Once the whole train episode was settled, we went to change the battery of the bus. In the process, one of the bus drivers got acid into his eye. Unfortunately, he lost vision in that eye. I wish much fortune to this bus driver. This is why I highly recommend CATA international. They did so much for us and they went the extra mile.

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Thank you for taking your time to read this. Drop a like and a follow. Next week we will be in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Much love!!