Island Life - A Look at Kids' Lives in Taco, Spain


I help teach kids from seven to 13 years old. Although you can usually find me in the classroom teaching English, I also spend time with the kids after school. The kids here are very similar to you and me. Many of their favorite activities include playing sports and local games. They also enjoy going to the beach and spending time with their family. In the next few sections, I will tell you a little more about the daily life of kids in Tenerife and the Canary Islands. You will notice many similarities and at the same time, many differences!

What time does school start, and what time do you go home?:

The school day starts at 8:30 a.m. We get to school around 8:25 a.m. and wait for the janitor to open the gate. Then, we go inside and make a line in front of our teachers. After, we follow our teachers to the classrooms to begin our school day. The school day ends at 1:30 p.m., and we can go home then. Many kids stay after school for lunch, to play sports or to go to an afterschool activity. Almost every day, I stay at school for lunch with my friends, and my mom picks me up at 2:30 p.m.

How do you get to school? Are you allowed to go to school by yourself?:

The students live close to their school, CEIP San Matías. Most of the students live within a five-minute walk of the school.