Camping at St. Lucia, one of South Africa’s vacation destinations with three of my PCV friends Katrina, Michael and Shawn. We got to see hippos, kayak in the estuary and stroll along a gorgeous beach! A much needed weekend to celebrate the end of our first term of teaching. Did you know hippos are the most dangerous animal in Africa?
Our second Girls on the Rise club – this time we focused on self-esteem. All the girls had to trace their hands, cut out their hand and paste their hands on their backs. Then, the girls went around and wrote positive things about each other on the hands, as if everyone was getting a “pat on the back”.
Other random pictures: I have completed labeling all my school’s library books by reading level and subject, so now onto my favourite part in my library secondary project: DECORATING! And, as always, some pictures coming from the Battlefields PCVs and my site.
Katrina and myself getting ready to kayak along the estuary and hang with hippos
We’re on the estuary!
Well hey there big guy!
Too bad we didn’t see any
St. Lucia beach — whenever I’m by the water I feel like I’m home
Hippo watching along the estuary bright ‘n early
I love this picture — Katrina and Michael walkin’ along the beach
Shawn, Mr. Wildnerness, collecting sticks for a fire. I learn something new every day!
Toasties (the South African name for grilled cheese). Yes, we ate three each… we all live without fridges!
Myself and the Manguzi crew — it was great to see them!
The sun sets in the West. We’re on the Eastern coast.
They leave the estuary and graze at night
Hippo footprints! (p.s., anyone wanna get me new Toms?)
What happens if a hippo runs at you? The only way to escape is to climb a tree
Stuck sitting on the ground in between two seats on the taxi because I was the only person that could fit. And yes, we got pulled over.
Oh, you know, just a new friend in Katie’s latrine
LOOK AT THAT ORGANIZATION!
Americanizing my library — I will hang this from the ceiling!
What happens when you have no water and you have a dry tap? You try to catch rain water…
All the potatoes grown in my school’s garden!
Learners writing on my counterpart’s back to enhance self-esteem for our second club meeting
My counterpart Yama’s “pat on the back”
Girls showing off their “pats on the back”
Beautiful sunset at Katie’s site
Battlefields friendship bracelets
Grade 7 is too cool for school
Katie (Thobeka), Monica (Bongiwe) and Laura (Thandeka) ready for an epic walk through the Battlefields
Announcing what team won my school’s sports interhouses; Ms. Mkwhanazi cheering
The first meeting of Girls on the Rise — a girl’s club that my counterpart Yama and I started at the high school in my village. The club is open to anyone and will run until November. We will teach about health issues, self-esteem, love problems (that one is on Yama), sex, really anything else a high school girl would want to talk about. With 38 teenage pregnancies last year at the high school, we can only hope this club will help girls make the right decisions for their futures. My counterpart rocks and organized all the girls. We will meet twice a month. During our first meeting we had the girls draw and discuss their “self-image”, how they see themselves, which I think they enjoyed! (more to come on Girls on the Rise as it takes off!)
Pen pal project with my City Year school Markham Middle School in Watts and also Stevenson Middle School in Boyle Heights of Los Angeles. My former roommates Marissa and Josh are team leaders this year at each school! Hopefully I can send the letters this week, but there’s a post office strike (Africa always wins).
Learners helping me label library books, which of course got out of hand
Other randoms from February
Sketching their self-images at Girls on the Rise!
Mine and my counterpart, Yama’s, self-images
Secondary students presenting how they view themselves
50+ girls joined the Girls on the Rise club!
Opening prayer at school (yes school was cancelled for half of the day for this)
Beautiful Friday walk
Cooking for 75 parents at the parent’s meeting. I’ve never peeled so many carrots in my life
I ignorantly call this the Africa Tree
Luyanda, Thandeka and Thobeka at our monthly Battlefields sleepover
IS that a mop? No, it’s my hair. It’s growing…
Grade 7 with their pen pal letters to Stevenson Middle School!
Grade 6 with their pen pal letters for Markham Middle School, my old stomping grounds!
Sharing Ubuntu! And teaching American students some Zulu
My Mama Mathebula lookin’ so fresh in a dress she made!
Helping me label library books. It was fun at first, but then got too crazy
Yours in service, Liz
one person can make a difference, and everyone should try. -JFK