Some familiar faces and a quiet Home-Base
Trip Start Jul 18, 2008
17Trip End Aug 30, 2008
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When I got to placement, I saw that there were a few new students that came to class. We now have about 18 kids now, in contrast with with original 45 students. While communications was being taught, Fortunata told me that six of my students are orphans. I also learned that Kilimahewa is an organization that was established to provide vocational education and informal education to "at risk" youth. It made me look at my class a little differently. After break, it was finally my turn to teach. The plays werent very long but they were HILARIOUS!!! A team of two girls, Mary and Veronica, were voted the funniest and recieved a coke and a pack of gum each. Then I put up a short quiz, and we all went out to play some silly games. We played a quick name game and then a brutal game of hide-and-seek. Fridays are supposed to be fun when youre a kid!
The bus showed up and we got back to the Home-Base in good time. Lunch was the usual and almost ALL of the volunteers left for safari afterwards. I think there are only five or six of us still at the Home-Base this weekend! I decided to do some laundry (which took me an hour by hand), and then sat on my bed to read a magazine. I finally came out again and as I approached the dining area I saw.... KRISTIN AND ERICA! They survived Mt. Kilimanjaro! I gave them a hug and they started telling me the horror stories of Kili. They did the mountain in only five days to get back early. They told me how the altitude is the hardest aspect and how it makes you go crazy. Erica cimbed down the mountain in ONE day! While Kristin had to be wheeled down due to lung congestion. It was about dinner time and so we decided to go out to IndoItaliano for some pizza. I had so much fun catching them up on the new group and hearing their stories! Some of the other volunteers went out to Glacier bar for some drinks, us girls went home instead to chat some more and go to bed. I slept like a rock, and even got to sleep in for a while... hooray! (probably due to the fact that I have my room all to myself this weekend)
I finally got outta bed around 10am and then Kristin and Erica came back over from Rose Home (the hostel next door). We hung out and ate lunch. Around 1pm Jack and I had to say goodbye to them for a second time, it was sad to see them go. I invited them out to CO, so hopefully we will get to hang out again in the near future. I ironed my laundry (you have to iron your clothes here due to the chance that mango flies might lay eggs in damp places such as clothes) and now am just getting some things done (such as blogging, lol). Tonight some of us might go to a club in Arusha called LaLiga, I guess its pretty hilarious and belongs in the early 90's. Tomorrow Jack leaves and then it will just be down to Nicole and I to represent our original group.