Category Archives: Riberalta
I woke up for my second day in sunny Riberalta and braved a motorbike taxi ride back to the ARCA Maranatha Deaf School where I met with Ricky – one of their teachers.
Ricky was the first person to go through ARCA and to go right through High School with the help of a translator. He now teaches at the school and his enthusiasm has helped Andreas Kolb recruit many new members of staff and provide out-reach into the surrounding community.
With Carol translating Ricky’s sign language, she helped me understand just how hard the staff at ARCA have worked to maintain the school and to help its pupils.
After another early start, I managed to get my flight on to Riberalta, which saw me travelling further north in Bolivia. My next stop would be the Arca Maranatha Deaf School.
When I arrived, I was met by the head of the school, Andreas Kolb (who is deaf himself) and his assistant Carol. They were thoughtful in coming to the airport to welcome me because I didn’t realise that car taxis are unheard of in Riberalta. I would have had to balance my suitcase and camera equipment on the back of a motorbike, so I fully appreciated their offer of a lift!
The school was lovely – teaching around 30-40 pupils in the morning classes and running workshops and classes in the evenings for the older students, parents and trainee teachers.