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South Africa

sunny 33 °C

So it is now like the 5th day of the volunteer part, and am looking forward to having the next two days off! The weather has been pritty hot the last couple of days and when we are working from 8 30 - 12, 2 - 4 its a very hot and exhausting day.

We arrived in East London late on the 13th of Jan, and then had to go another 45 minutes to get to Chinsta (pronanced cin-sa europian way, too hard to write the way it is actually said). Apparently if we had driven through during the day we would have had a chance of seeing a girraffe or zebra but since we have plenty of chances of that it wasnt too bad. The house we are staying in is actually very nice. not what i was expecting at all. We are staying in "white" chinsta (or chinsta east) while we are working in "black" chinsta (township or chinsta).

It is so weird but every morning we all wake up at like the same time, bright and early at about 6am. its very weird! might have something to do with the fact that it is very hot and i always wake up during the night sweating. and i dont know why coz it isnt even that hot at night.

On the first day we had orientation, which involved ultimate freebe on the beach followed by a walk through the township. It is amazing that as soon as the young kids see us walking down the hill they grab their friends and they come and bombard us. Kelsey had a girl cling onto her and would not let go. We have called this girl "monkey".

The first day of work consisted of moving and clearing lots of areas, we also put up a playground. We are working at the primary school and there is alot of stuff to do. The second day was a lot of digging for a table that we were going to be putting up. By the end of the day we had built these tables. It was alot of work. But very rewarding as the kids now have somewhere that they can actually eat their lunch. Today was the hotteset day so far, and there was more digging. This time building a retaining wall as when it rains all hte dirt just moves and the tables and everything wouldnt last very long.

Last night we went out for "sundowners", at a restaurant on top of a hill that involved catching a lift up to it. It had a very nice view at the top and it was nice to get "dressed" up and even though my feet were still probably covered in dirt, wearing makeup felt nice. i think we are going out again tonight to buckeneers, which is on the otherside of the lagoon. yes within 5 minutes we have a lagoon and a beach!! it is a very nice area and am so happy to have been put in this area.

well i think thats it for now. will try to update when i can.

o and another congrats to dave who has qualified for the OLYMPICS! GO DAVE!

Posted by TarrynK 05:19 Archived in South Africa Tagged volunteer

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