Two days of Namitete and a home-stay. Chickens anyone?

What an adventure the last 24 hours have been! Yesterday was day two at Namitete. The second day is when we split up the boys and girls to do empowerment discussions. Monica and I were assigned to 40 girls, which is a HUGE number for empowerment. Considering the numbers, everything went well. As far as the regular curriculum with Steph, the kids became increasingly worse as the day went on….

January 17, 2009

Day 1 at Namitete: Just awesome.

Today was the first day at Namitete school. It went almost perfectly. The day started really rainy, but by the time we had gotten to the school the sun had come out. We had a moment of breathing time on the bus (one of our coordinators is a yoga teacher) and it totally turned our day around. First off the bus the kids started speaking English (basic) and then before…

January 15, 2009

“Could it get any worse??” “oops.”

Today was quite an adventure! We were supposed to teach a three-day camp at Mnkhupa. We all piled in to the bus and headed down these back roads, but it had rained the night before and so we were sliding all over the road from the mud. After the bus slid in to a ditch, we all got out and pushed it out and back on the road. We saw…

January 12, 2009

Sunday, Phew!

Today was our day off before we start the next set of camps (Mnkhupa from Monday to Wednesday and Namitete from Thursday to Saturday). The group went hiking, but I stayed home with one of our coordinators, Catherine, to just hang out and recover. I went outside earlier to sit by the pool and almost fried myself just sitting out there, so I’m even more glad I didn’t go hiking!…

January 11, 2009

Back to Lilongwe

Back in Lilongwe, we had a chance to meet the translators for the camps. Since we’re in groups of two for the teaching, we’ll have one translator each. All the translators were under 25, one was 17! They were super nice, and ended up busting out some moves at the end before they went home. The one translator and I ended up in a conversation about religion here. Apparently he…

January 7, 2009

The Johannesburg Adventure

So we made it to Lilongwe, Malawi and was it a trip! The flight from Washington/Dulles to Johannesburg, South Africa was about 14 hours. Luckily, I checked out before I left and totally lucked out with my seat. I had a HUGE amount of legroom and I was in the back, so there wasn’t anyone else in my row. Therefore, I could completely spread out in any direction I…

January 3, 2009