So today we woke up at the draining time of 6:30 and prepared our bags and resources for the hour long trek to the school we will be working with for the next 4 days. We all had massive suitcases packed full with a large range of pencils, pens and arts materials for the on-going experience of teaching eager (yet confused) children- but thankfully we didn’t have to carry those on the trek, they got a ride in the back of a pick-up, we just carried water bottles with us.
Today was unfortunately (or not?) Malawian Independence day so instead of having classes of 80 kids, we had a mere 30 - 40. This was really, really great because it allowed us to guage where they were in terms of English and Maths ability so we can further plan our lessons more effectively, which means they can have the best lessons possible.
Teaching the lessons was no mean feat; there were no translators so we had the absolute joy of teaching using solely hand movements, laughter and weird gestures. Unluckily for Charlie, she had to break up a fight over crayons! Apart from this, the children were sweet and considerate, even giving us some cheeky hugs and handshakes. Their smiles were so genuine, and we knew at that moment that everything we were doing was truly worth it. Tomorrow we will have translators as they won’t be on Bank Holiday, so that will be a bonus.
Rory and Liv truly showed off their insane muscles by pumping the water pump for half an hour, providing water for not only us, but also the locals. We’ve been in Africa for a few days and yet we’re still shocked and mind blown every time we see small children carrying gallons of waters on their heads.
We were pretty fortunate in the fact that we got served lunch (most kids don’t get any) at the school, and it was pretty good- we had a filling lunch of beans, greens and rice. Kyle loved it (shocker).
Once we were back down at Butterfly, we had a great twenty minutes attempting to wash mud-covered clothes in a small bucket, whilst the rest of the group did their washing, relaxed on the deck, and enjoyed a couple of hours off.
The beach is truly stunning and we all took advantage of that by posing for cute pictures and skimming stones, whilst Harry got his belly button full of sand. Kiran was an absolute babe and bought us all nice, cool glasses of Fanta to drink on the beach! Cheers Kiran.
Lots of love,
Your fave gals Molly and Alice