A lovely guest vlog by returning volunteer Charlotte who first volunteered in 2007 and returned to Chintsa for a month this Aug/Sept with her friend Laura...
|Stunning view from the Buccaneers road|
|Inside the Big Green e-Machine|
The next morning brought the Big Green e-Machine (VA32's mobile computer lab, powered by solar panels and running up to fourteen laptops) where we taught lessons at
|ISV Impact volunteers building the creche|
Based primarily at two schools teaching computer literacy on the Wild Coast Schools Program, Laura and I were paired with two lovely
Nuremberg teacher student volunteers Steffi and .
Steffi and I were paired at Chintsa East at the heart of the village, whilst
Laura and Petra were in the rural Bulugha Farm School in game reserve land near the Areena Reserve (where
you could spot a giraffe or two!). Bulugha has received strong support from
Buccaneers Backpackers over the years, with a weekly concert being performed for backpackers who often donate to support their school feeding scheme. Petra
|Me with some of my students :)|
|Adult computer literacy class|
The volunteer co-ordinator Naomi left the program last Wednesday but not before preparing a hoard of brightly iced biscuits (and what an operation it was to complete!) for the staff and kids at both schools. Off to Mdumbe in the Transkei, she helped us to make the foundations for the next term.
Aside from teaching computer literacy at the schools we also teach adult computer literacy on a Monday afternoon. We arrived in the midst of powerpoint presentations called “Where I am from” with keen locals creating slides and adding effects to a poem that they had transposed onto the presentation. On Wednesdays is a trip to Greensleeves a home for children who have been given away, abused and neglected. Needing attention and care they are happy to have cuddles, and play for our short visit, with whatever happens to be around. Tuesdays and Thursdays bring sport for the all the local kids who jump on the back of a "bakkie" chanting “backpackers”. “What’s the time Mr Wolf?” goes down a storm, with different sports being played each afternoon, from the ever popular soccer to netball.
|"What't the time Mr. Wolf?"|
|Kids at Greensleeves home|
|Laura at Greensleeves|
Nomakwezi’s cooking at the VA32 volunteer house still goes down a treat with bangers and mash being a highlight. Kwezi runs a tight and clean ship at our house, and is always a friendly face to come home to and have lunch with (and who knows maybe the odd cup of tea?!)
What will the next two weeks bring? Who knows, all I hope is that they don’t go so quickly. :)