Placement

Trip Start May 02, 2009
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Trip End Jul 27, 2009


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Mascail Family Home

Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hello Again,
My placement is at the SOS Children's Village. It is about a half hour jeepney ride from my homestay.  My host brother gave me written directions of what jeepneys to ride and exactly what to say to the drivers.  And also when to get off of course.  My first ride alone today went well.  I feel a little strange being the only foreign person riding the jeepneys and a little self conscious speaking there language.  But as long as they understand me and I get where I need to go I guess that is all that matters.
All of the children are so happy and friendly.  They all greeted me by taking my hand and placing it on their forehead. Which from what I understand means hello but is used towards people older then yourself.  Many of them already remember my name and call me Ate Elsa which means Auntie Elsa.  It is so hard to remember all their names because there are so many of them, 117 to be exact.  They all look younger than they are.  A child that you could think is about 3 is actually like 5 or 6.  It is so hard to communicate with the young children because they don't know English.  They kept trying to talk to me in Waray-Waray but I couldnt' understand them.  I just tried to use the few words I know with them at least though. I am excited to learn the language better though.  The little boys and girls are soo adorable.  There were like 4 little boys that were constantly running up to me and wanted to be held.  I played frisbee with some of the younger children and also a game they play with there sandels.  It is hard to play for very long though because it is so hot and they want me to hold them.  There were 4 older girls, 13 and above, that I talked with for quite a while and they said they will help me learn the language.  They are so curious about our culture and ask me lots of questions.
I'm still not really sure what I will be doing with them besides just playing and talking.  I think I will have to plan some activites and lessons to do with them soon.
The orphanage is in amazing condition.  It is completely supported by international donations and the facilities are wonderful.  There homes are even better than my homestay.  They have 11 houses, each with a house mother who cares for 6-12 children.
I have to go now because the computer has been really slow and I feel like I have been taking it over for too long.  I will try to write soon though. I hope you are all enjoying reading my blogs.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Elsa
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drmjt
drmjt on

Good job
Keep up the good work!

Imagine doing an aerobic workout in that heat !

csturgis
csturgis on

Wenzel School
Hi, Elsa,

I am really enjoying reading your experiences you are having. I am learning all ready from you even though you have only been there a few days. I am so happy for you that you are living your dream. Those children over there are so fortunate to have you. We had a beautiful day yesterday here, but today we are expecting rain and it is cloudy. It was so nice to finally have some sun. It sounds like you are getting lots of sun and heat over there. Please know there are plenty of people back here who love to read your comments. Keep them coming.

Everyone from Wenzel will keep you in our prayer.
Love,
Mrs. Sturgis

meghanbilski
meghanbilski on

heyy
Hey girl!
i love reading your posts!

so just curious, what is the food like?
is it different then what your use to??

missss youuu! have fun girl!

elsat
elsat on

Re: heyy
The food is actually pretty normal. lol Breakfast is just muffins, fruit, eggs, and sausage pretty much. Then lunch and dinner is rice, of course, and then meat with sauces and sometimes vegetables. My host mother is a good cook she knows how to use her spices. :)
I miss you too!

elsat
elsat on

Re: Good job
I would die. I played one round of a tag like game the kids taught me and I was sweating to death. It is hard because I want to play with the kids but then after I play they want me to pick them up or let them sit on me and then it is just TOO HOTT. :)

elsat
elsat on

Re: Wenzel School
Well I am glad you are enjoying it and learning. I hope you guys had some nice weather today. It is still plenty sunny here. Thanks for your encouragement.

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