General Aztecs Maya Tocuaro Kids Contact 23 Nov 2017/8 Flint
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Work experience student with Mexicolore in a school

Work Experience

The Mexicolore teaching team actively encourage school and college students to spend a day, a week, a month or a term working with them in schools...

Rebecca’s placement letter
Rebecca’s placement letter  (Click on image to enlarge)

Now regularly fully booked each term, we’re seeking ways to expand our capacity in order to meet the steadily increasing demand from schools around the UK for our services. We plan to take on new core staff as well as seek assistance from part-timers and volunteers keen to experience a unique ‘Theatre-in-Education’ troupe at work.

It can take up to an hour to unpack and set up our display
It can take up to an hour to unpack and set up our display (Click on image to enlarge)

Ideally we’re looking for students who share a passion both for working with children and for what we can all learn from great civilisations of the past.

A ‘travelling museum’?
A ‘travelling museum’? (Click on image to enlarge)

At the same time, working with Mexicolore should be of interest generally to students of education, history, museum studies, drama studies and also music (which is an important element in all our programmes).

Working alongside Graciela to dress workshop participants
Working alongside Graciela to dress workshop participants (Click on image to enlarge)

In many ways we see ourselves as a ‘travelling museum’; we offer children the chance to involve themselves in Mexican culture and history by a direct hands-on approach: the artefacts are there to be touched/worn/played and generally ‘experienced’! Learning through artefacts has always been our forte and we encourage any doubter to see the ‘Feedback’ section of our website to be convinced of its value...

Rebecca quickly learnt to work independently
Rebecca quickly learnt to work independently (Click on image to enlarge)

Young teenager Rebecca Mursell applied to Mexicolore for a week of work experience via her school in Sussex. Prepared to be up every day at the crack of dawn, she was aware from the start that Mexicolore is very much ‘hands-on’ work: sitting back and observing simply isn’t an option...

Rebecca put her musical talents to excellent use alongside Ian
Rebecca put her musical talents to excellent use alongside Ian (Click on image to enlarge)

Very soon she progressed from behind-the-scenes activities such as dressing children during a presentation to front-of-stage roles, ranging from teaching children basic Spanish words to demonstrating the sounds of replica Aztec wind instruments such as whistles, flutes and ocarinas.

Helping run Mexicolore’s mini-shop, selling miniature Mexican crafts
Helping run Mexicolore’s mini-shop, selling miniature Mexican crafts (Click on image to enlarge)

As the week progressed we realised that Rebecca’s many artistic talents could be put to good use. Already tackling Grade 8 Flute, it seemed only natural that she should be encouraged to play informal duets with Ian on Aztec instruments, recreating Aztec sounds confidently and creatively.

The whole experience was 100% positive for all concerned
The whole experience was 100% positive for all concerned (Click on image to enlarge)

If you would like to follow in Rebecca’s footsteps, you have only to ask!

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