The Calm Before the Storm
It has been the busiest time I have ever experienced in my life. Filling out reports, final class marks, design work, saying goodbye to the kids that we love, saying goodbye to all our friends, a surprise going away for Kellie and myself, Christmas gatherings and now, the December Holiday Program has begun.
This period of time is very difficult for Kellie and I as it is the last 2 weeks we get to spend with the kids but we have to run the event with the other local long term volunteers.
The greatest thing is to see the children relaxed and just enjoying the freedom. Playing on the playground brought back childhood memories which hurts because I know I will not feel this way again until I return and do this all over again.
One thing I love is teaching the kids how to take a properly poised photograph. There are several of our kids who really enjoy taking photographs and often beg for the chance to take one of my cameras for a spin.
The first day was spent at the Zoo, I was burnt and tired but the kids were so excited to see all the different animals. The group I was with tried to wake up a sleeping Pygmy Hippo and they succeeded which was a sight. 225 children at the Zoo is no easy task to control but between all of us we managed to have a very fun and educational day.
We also welcomed the three lads from Marcellin who are doing such a wonderful job. The kids absolutely love them and it is so wonderful to have some real male role models to help out.