New Week, New People!

Hey guys! Monday has been a pretty exciting day! This morning half of us woke up pretty early while the sun was still asleep to get out to the Dolphin Research Centre before 6am so we could learn more about the wildlife in Mozambique’s ocean, but specifically, the dolphins. There are 2 main types that we hoped to see this morning, one was the more common blue bottle-nosed dolphins, and the other was a spotted dolphin. After Regina, our dolphin expert, got us briefed on what we would be doing in the ocean once we set out. Everyone picked up their fins and snorkels, and jumped on a truck to head out to the beach and launch our boat at sunrise!

Some of the girls grabbed wetsuits before heading out. Always a smart choice in the winter!

Some of the girls grabbed wetsuits before heading out. Always a smart choice in the winter!

Dolphin skulls pretty much look like alien remains to me.

Dolphin skulls pretty much look like alien remains to me.

Morning sunrise in the bay. Such a sight!

Morning sunrise in the bay. Such a sight!

We tried to push, and finally we convinced the ocean to take the boat.

We tried to push, and finally we convinced the ocean to take the boat.

Excited for their ride!

Excited for their ride!

Despite having so many people, we were sadly pretty weak and had some trouble getting the boat into the water. But after some good shoves we finally managed to get the boat in and get everyone on board, which was surprising because Amy is crazy weak and has a hard time doing general life, but she managed to fall into the boat after some pulling and pushing. 🙂

Once we got out on the water, we drove up the coast for almost an hour searching for signs of dolphin pods to examine and get into the water with, but unfortunately I guess that all of the dolphins were sleeping in after staying up late for the World Cup Final last night. Our second group however had some incredible luck since they saw 3 humpback whales in the distance as they breached and did a few playful tail slaps, probably hunting small fish for their breakfast! An incredible find and a fantastic way to start off the day!

Two of the humpback whales breaching! AHHHH!!

Two of the humpback whales breaching! AHHHH!!

Time for a quick reef snorkel!

Time for a quick reef snorkel!

Jess wasn't feeling so well from the motion of the ocean, but TJ found a sure fire way to cheer her up! Jess laughed so hard she puked again!

Jess wasn’t feeling so well from the motion of the ocean, but TJ found a sure fire way to cheer her up! Jess laughed so hard she puked again!

After we got everyone back together, we all headed up to the school to get crackin’ on the new toilets and the classroom that our group has been doing construction on. The walls of the toilets are still being built, but the classroom is in full-swing and headed in a great direction to be finished up by the time we have to leave, which we already don’t want to think about…

Steph working hard on some painting touch-ups.

Steph working hard on some painting touch-ups.

Rachel loves water almost as much as she like Aero chocolate bars. That's why she has two cans!

Rachel loves water almost as much as she like Aero chocolate bars. That’s why she has two cans!

TJ and Bernie trying to act like they're working, but really they're just playing cricket.

TJ and Bernie trying to act like they’re working, but really they’re just playing cricket.

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The locals love us!

The locals love us!

Where two of the new toilets will go.

Where two of the new toilets will go.

Stairway up to the toilets.

Stairway up to the toilets.

Leveling out the bottom of the classroom.

Leveling out the bottom of the classroom.

We workin!

We workin!

Bernie and Frans talking about life or something. Looks intense!

Bernie and Frans talking about life or something. Looks intense!

Quickly after arriving at the school however, we were all blessed to have three new people come into our little (and getting bigger) volunteer family. Today we gained Linh, Catherine and Carinne who are from Australia, England and Canada, respectively. They all seem like little balls of sunshine that will be great additions to the group, and they’re even hard workers on top of that! They all were more than eager to jump in to help with mixing cement, picking up trash and meeting some of the friendly locals that surround us every day. Here’s a photo of the lovely ladies!

Linh, Caherine and Corinne, from left to right, Ready for some good times!

Linh, Caherine and Corinne, from left to right, Ready for some good times!

This afternoon we also had Jess, Hannah Lee-Smith, Ebony, Amy, Kiki, Lexi and Cai decide to do their Discover SCUBA licenses at a local dive shop, and tomorrow we’ll head out for a shallow dive to see how they go! So far they seem to love it, which is good because SCUBA diving is more fun and rewarding than getting to eat at an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet for free.”Struth!”

The girls getting schooled on how to SCUBA!

The girls getting schooled on how to SCUBA!

This evening we had another delicious dinner, and played cards and a few went out for runs to try and keep their beach bodies, but I continue to encourage them to bulk up before we head off to Drakensberg so they can stay warm in the beautiful mountains we’ll be working in just next week!

Rachel had a pineapple growing out of her heard from eating too much of it.

Rachel had a pineapple growing out of her heard from eating too much of it.

Tomorrow morning we’ll be back out searching for more dolphins to do a little research on, but we’ll also do some heavy work in the afternoon to make sure we get everything finished on time!

 

Enjoy some more photos of the kids until next time!

-Casey

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Oh look, Ally isn't working again! The kids love her though. :)

Oh look, Ally isn’t working again! The kids love her though. 🙂

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