We woke up to the early bird chirps. Breakfast went slowly and quietly, but we knew today was an important time to finish all our work. Luckily, eggs were a good start and we all perked up quickly. Sean taught all the kids how to use the facilities this morning, while all of us were busy with our work.
Today we did A LOT of plastering but since it was our last full day of work we all did it with huge smiles on our faces! We arrived a little late but we made up for it by staying later than we have any other day. We mixed, plastered and painted for hours but it was worth it seeing all that we had accomplished. We finished plastering the entire back wall of the building. It’s amazing how good at plastering we’ve become. We’re so proud of how much we’ve done too and now the building will last for ages with the outside rendering.Also, get ready for the classic mixing cement picture!
Today was also Anthea’s last day of teaching and I know the children will miss her oh so much! They even gave her some food as an incentive to stay (which I think did the trick). We left the school covered in paint and cement but we also left with ever lasting impressions on our hearts. The kids asked her when she is coming back. That’s something that she’s going to remember forever. These kids are so appreciative of her English lessons the past four weeks. She’s prepared lesson plans, worked with the local teachers and interacted with the students for a month. I know this place is home to her now. She has made such a difference in their lives teaching them English, and they’ve definitely made a difference in her life too.
As for everyone else… other than the plastering, there was a lot of painting to do. We used many many colors to paint faces of frogs, fish faces and the goofy ones we had to finish on the walls of the toilets. We also did many touch ups on the white paint and finished the writing. We wrote instructions on keeping the toilets clean on the walls. We hope that helps the kids remember to wipe, flush and keep clean!
Ben and Sean also continued their plumbing efforts today. It was almost as if it were a game because they had to add pieces, cut tubes, screw on connectors, etc. It was a crazy game of plumbing wars! They got most of it completed! It was so fun to do too!!
Meanwhile, Ben was busy poking the kids with the gopro on a stick. He chased them around with the camera that was attached to a painting stick.. They absolutely love Ben, and he’s so good with the kids.
As a celebration, we stopped at our favorite place to get prawn cakes. It’s by the beach and has cheap drinks plus yummy snacks. After that, we went home to shower and get ready for our night out. We went next door to our neighbors’ house and ate fish, zucchini, and rice. As everyone was dressed up, it seemed like the perfect way to end the two weeks here. It was a delicious meal, and it was also the best company we could’ve ever asked for.
I can’t talk about the end of program yet. It’s going to be too difficult describing the times we’ve had. I’ll leave that for tomorrow. For now, here’s a message from Grant. Grant has been hosting ROV groups for the last four weeks at his house. He’s the most gracious, kind, fun, and generous host. We have loved staying with him, and we really can’t thank him enough for his hospitality.
Ola! Its been an all cool good bananas and Wow what can say about being able to be part of the Reach Out Volunteer Experience, its been heaps cool the last four weeks, definitely been one of the most awesome and memorable 4 weeks of 2015.
Surf n Dreams surf camp hosted 2 groups of volunteers for a month…. And all want to say is, dang it, is it its all come to an end toooo soon. We met some amazing people. Everyone has their own character and personality; we made loads of new friends and shared soooooo many laughs and epic moments. We will miss you all Forever!!!!
As usual, until tomorrow all,
Team Leader Tara