Day 10 – Working hard or hardly working?

Hey there folks at home! Firstly I would like to apologies for the lateness of this blog. We are having some technical issues with the uploading of photos and I am getting it fixed ASAP! I can upload text so for the next day or so you will have to bear with and read me ramble on and picture the amazing images in your heads 🙂 Thanks for understanding and enjoy!

Today we started work straight away when we arrived in the village after breakfast. After splitting into two groups to do building and working with the kids, the building group got right to it, finishing off the floor boards, making sure the nails were all flush with the timber and trimming off the excess floor boards…so definitely working hard!! Meanwhile, the activities group were getting the hang of the dances the kids know off by heart and trying their hand at drawing! I saw pictures of fruit bowls, houses, stick figures and that was by the volunteers! The kid’s drawings were fabulous! A bit more practice is needed by the volunteers I think 🙂

Hard at work!

Hard at work!

 

Rachel showing her sawing moves

Rachel showing her sawing moves

Bianca, Annika and Roslyn showing their carpentry skills

Attention to detail!

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Hannah, Lauren and Bun showing off the house!

After rotating jobs around and continuing on the building work it was time for some scrumptious food! A couple of volunteers headed in to town to help buy all the ingredients and the cooking began! Everyone gets the chance to help in some way, whether it’s chopping up vegetables, mortar and pestle, frying etc. it’s a massive group effort! The 3 different huts all had various dishes ranging from vegetable stir fries, meat broth soups, friend mushrooms, amok seasoned vegetables and meat and many more! After everyone recovered from their food comas I those volunteers who wanted to, into the local village to get an iced coffee or and iced milo. YUM! It went down a treat and when we got back it was time to get back to work!

The teacher group was hard at work today teaching the kids English. They were a little more calm today and willing to learn. Passing the classrooms I am hearing kids having an amazing time learning letters, sounds and sings (head, shoulders, knees and toes comes to mind here). What these teachers are doing for the kids here is hard to put into words. The ability for them to speak English and have someone to talk with and help them, will immensely change their lives for the better in the future and is an amazing feeling and experience for the volunteers to take back home with them. I am very impressed by their dedication.

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Emily hard at work

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Lily and her fellow teacher

This afternoon we started getting the roof on, which is made of intricately weaved grasses layered on top of each other. To do this job you have to get up on the foundations of the house…a job which is desired by most! As you can see in the photos it’s a great vantage point to look out across the village and the rest of the volunteers working and playing with the kids below. The last hour was once again spent playing with the kids and many piggy back rides were had!

Getting excited about starting the roof!

Getting excited about starting the roof!

Playing sports! (I think the kids are winning)

Playing sports! (I think the kids are winning)

I would like to say here that I am very proud of the work the volunteers are doing. They are working hard and although they may not see right now, by the end of the week they will see a completed house that they themselves have built and that feeling is something pretty indescribable.

Until tomorrow

~ Jess

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