the Adventures continue

Wellllllll I guess it’s been a while since I’ve updated, neh? and I guess I start every blog post like that. My bad.

It seems like the end of term is just around the corner. We only have about a month until exams start. It seems like time is just flying by. Every day is an adventure, whether I’m teaching, hanging out at the homestead, or visiting another volunteer in some place new. Last weekend at the homestead I milked a cow, ate sheep that was slaughtered as a sacrifice because there was a new baby in the family, and helped cook over an open fire. This weekend I traveled to another PCV’s village near Windhoek called Dordabis. It’s the first village I’ve been to that was Damara, not Heraro, and it was completely different. No cows, people lived really close together instead of on homesteads, there were hills in the background. It’s was you picture when you think African village. While we were there we went to a choir concert, which was also really cool. The music was all in Khoekhoegovab (one of the click languages that sounds really awesome). After they performed they did this thing were people in the audience could pay for any one in the room to sing or dance for them. Anyone. If you didn’t want to sing or dance you could also pay to get out of it.  Welllll my pcv friend’s host sister paid for all of us to get up and dance. So we did. In front of everyone. And it was hilarious and as uncoordinated as you could have ever imagined.

Today I’m in Windhoek for a Camp GLOW planning meeting. Camp GLOW is an awesome camp put on in Peace Corps countries all over the world during school holidays. Check it out http://campglownamibia.weebly.com/ and donate so we can have a camp as amazing as the one you went to when you were growing up! Every dollar will make a difference in how the camp runs. Donate here: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/donate/champion/camp-glow

mmmkay back to live in the village.

School at Ludwig Ndinda is finally in full swing. We have an afternoon program now with tutoring and clubs after school every day. I really like it. I’m able to give some of the kids who are really far behind the extra help they need with adding, subtracting, counting, etc.

I’ve even started a chess club and girls soccer club. We’ve only met once, but the meetings went well. The soccer club was tricky. I went in ready to do drills, and work on basic fundamentals: passing, dribbling, trapping, etc. What I didn’t realize was that these kids have never had organized play before. When they were lucky enough to have a ball they didn’t get in lines and pass the ball around, they just went ahead and played soccer. So when I tried to get the girls to stand in two lines and pass back and forth, after about three passes it turned into udder chaos. The two balls we had were halfway across the schoolyard and girls were yelling and running all over.  They couldn’t stand in a line without pushing and shoving each other. Finally I had to say that if you couldn’t stand in a queue, you couldn’t be part of the team. That got them in order.

I met some challenges I didn’t think i would while coaching. We only had two balls, and no cones or anything. I think next practice I will use empty milk boxes as cones and play keep-away or other drills. Wish me luck!

Teaching is going pretty well. I’ve moved on from place value and now we’re going over  multiplication, specifically multiples and factors. I really hope I can get them all the memorize their times tables, it will make teaching everything else sooo much easier.

It seems like the end of term is just around the corner. We only have about a month until exams start. It seems like time is just flying by. Every day is an adventure, whether I’m teaching, hanging out at the homestead, or visiting another volunteer in some place new. Last weekend at the homestead I milked a cow, ate sheep that was slaughtered as a sacrifice because there was a new baby in the family, and helped cook over an open fire.

More adventures to come!

Mo