Today I walked up Tecapato volcano to the Laguna de Alegria. I was not expecting a lot, just another touristic experience on a well-beaten track. The sky was blue, feeling the breeze a delight and I enjoyed my early morning hike in good company.
As we arrived at the Laguna de Alegria, I was surprised to see a lot of primary school children and I jokingly said to my companion: “You know, there is really not much worth photographing here, but the school, that is a good story!” We walked around the lagoon and we swam in the sulfuric waters. To sum it up, it was a pleasant morning in one of the most dangerous countries in the world.
Walking back towards the entrance of the crater, the school finally got a hold on me. Therefore, I walked over to the Centro Escolar “Canton de San Juan “ and had a chat with one of the teachers. My Spanish is far from perfect but I believe I did understand at least half of what she told me. I found the story pretty impressive. Apparently, this is the only school in the world built in the crater of an active volcano. No one wanted to donate land for the construction of this school. But the slopes are used for coffee farming and therefore, the community decided to build the school in the crater. If the Laguna increases in size the school is closed, the last time for three years, and if it shrinks again, it reopens. In the meantime, the kids are taught in private houses.
The next day I went back at midday because I thought that the school finishes at 12 o’clock. My plan kind of worked, actually the school finished at 11, but I still managed to take a shot of two children playing on the shore of the Lagoon and a teacher leaving the school shaded by her pink umbrella.