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Future Endeavours

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This post is for days 16 and 17, or my Sunday and Monday. It rained Sunday morning so we didn’t really do much. I went out to lunch with some of the new volunteers and we talked about future plans. Some of them are heading out on their 3 day tour today! Isaac called me and told me not to bother taking the train back to Kayamandi (too dangerous on the weekends) and he told me he would just drive me. He is the nicest person and if he comes to America I will be sure to take care of him the way he has with all of us. He also drove back three German girls who were headed to Stellenbosch. One of them actually happened to be volunteering at that cheetah reserve I had previously been to. On the way Isaac and I talked a lot about future tours and I told him the ones I was looking to do. His company offers a lot of 2-4 day tours and specializes in keeping them action packed. We have a school holiday coming up and some of us volunteers were looking to do a 7 day tour along the southern boarder of South Africa. He is familiar with the company I was looking to do that with and we talked about how similar both his and their tours were. The basic difference was their tour goes further and is three days longer. Long story short, he called me today to tell me that he talked to his boss and they are going to customize a personal 5-6 day tour for us that will include everything we want to do. I made sure to talk to him about each and every thing we wanted to do and see while on the trip. I want to tell you the itinerary but I don’t want to spoil it for you. Just wait till you hear how incredible it is haha. It’s actually going to be cheaper than the other company too which is better for everyone (fortunately since the American dollar is still quite a bit stronger then the Zar most things are very cheap here)!  In fact, last night before dropping us all off we went out to eat and have a drink. The cheapest thing to drink on the menu is wine so being the money saver I am I had to commit. The town of Stellenbosch is surrounded by vineyards and it costs less than a dollar to get a tall glass of it. Isaac was telling me that he can get a case (12 bottles) of wine for less than R200. That would mean 12 full bottles of good wine for less than $26. Anyone besides Jon want me to bring them back some wine?? This restaurant also had really good pizza so I ate some there and then took the rest home to help aid this week’s lunch. Sunday night I got a call from my dad and was able to talk to my sisters and my niece, Sarah, who is turning 3! Happy Birthday Sarah!! They had a princess birthday party that I missed out on L and my sister bought Sarah a bounce castle for her birthday. Hmmm somebody’s spoiled hahaha. I’m actually just jealous. Anyway, I went to bed Sunday night and woke up to more rain Monday morning. Luckily it has only been raining in the morning but it still kept me in bed. I really didn’t feel like walking the 15 minutes to school in the pouring rain seeing as I don’t even have an umbrella or rain coat… yet. The rain stopped by 9 and I made my way to school. Since the streets were less busy I actually filmed about half of my walk. Of course I can’t show it to you now because my computer has problems with me uploading videos but I’ll be sure to show you once I get home. I’ll take some photos the next time it’s safe haha. School went really well today and I got to spend the entire day with 6e. The teacher had me write the lesson on the board today which was fine but the tricky part was that she handed me a piece of chalk about the size of a pencil eraser. I had nothing left by the time I was finished! So, everyone that knows me knows I’m a terrible speller and as I was copying down the lesson onto the board I noticed there were a lot of errors on the paper (I was copying the lesson from a test the students had just taken). English is at best everyone’s second language at the school, including the teachers, so I’m by no means trying to give her a hard time because I know how bad of a speller I am. I just thought it was amusing that I was the one to notice it. I also couldn’t let myself spell it wrong knowingly so I just corrected it as I was copying it to the board without saying anything. This was a little awkward because the teacher had thought I had then spelled the words wrong and I had to tell her that disease isn’t actually spelled desease, and rubbish has two ‘B’s in it. There were a few other ones but those are the ones I remember. The test itself would actually be a bit difficult to take from my perspective. It’s in English but it was created by my host teacher who is looking for specific answers. For instance, one question read: Destroyers drive their cars; Always, Often, Seldom, or Never. In the article they had read it mentioned that destroyers are always driving their cars so the answer she was looking for was always. But, I don’t see how often couldn’t work either. There were numerous questions that I found multiple answers would suffice but she was only looking for one. I feel for the kids but I can’t help but wonder if my Spanish teacher ever pulled the same stuff on me… What stood out to me the most about today was the snack the students received at the very end of the day. The class was given a loaf of bread and two bags of milk. I think almost every kid got half a slice of bread and the milk was distributed to anyone that had a means of holding it. No one in the class had a cup so they all resorted to other ways of holding it. Most kids had or found empty chip bags that they used to pour the milk into, some used the smaller Frisbees I had gotten for them (they asked permission first), but my favorite was the method two little boys used. I’m not sure how they came across it, but they had the top half of a water bottle with no cap. I didn’t get a picture, so you’ll have to imagine this. They plugged the opening, where your normally put your mouth, with their thumbs and then poured the milk into the other end. After that they pretty much had a cup as long as they kept the hole plugged. I thought that was genius and I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture. After school a few kids walked home with me which was really interesting because I got a chance to see where some of them lived. I’m afraid to ask, but I’d like to see the insides of their homes sometime. Before saying goodbye to them I gave them some candy that I had in my bag. I’m thinking this may be the best way to distribute some of those presents I have without having to deal with the teachers or 200 other students. Two things on my mind stood out to me today. First, I was thinking of how great an opportunity it would be for some of the students over here to have the chance to live and go to school in America. I would love to see how they would function in an American classroom. The second thing I thought about was how an American student, specifically some of the ones I’ve worked with, would function and cope with living and going to school over here. Could you imagine how interesting that’d be to observe? Don’t worry though, it’s just a though. As of now, I don’t have any room in my suit case to bring back any African kids.


One thought on “Future Endeavours

  1. I like the intuitive methods of milk drinking, i can fully relate. I’ll do anything for some milk. haha.

    also, Make room! I want a little african boy to play soccer with.

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