As neither of us cried today, you could probably say that we are the least qualified two people to write the post for the last day of teaching.
Duncan: Needless to say, this was an emotional day for many of us, as we have spent the past 5 days teaching these children and bonding with them. At first we didn’t know much about the children, but over the week they have begun to open up and let their personalities and gifts flourish, which makes the tearful goodbyes we witnessed (from both children and team members) all the more justified in my opinion. The last sessions ended with a presentation in the church building with the children and their parents. We demonstrated what we had been doing in class, showing them the t-shirt designs and banners we had made the previous day as well as singing and dancing from both classes. I think I have learned a lot this week, about how life is for people like the Acholi. I also think I have been pushed out of my comfort zone, going as far as talking audibly to a class of children and even getting used to kids walking up to me and grabbing my hands, sometimes pulling me around with surprising strength. This week has been amazing, and I can safely say I have never done anything like this before, and I am unlikely to ever forget it.
P.S Thank you Mum, Dad, Sue and Chris for you supportive comments. While this has been an amazing experience, I have been missing my family and I am looking forward to seeing you again. Yes, even my brother.
Caleb: The last day allows us to reflect on the amazing and exciting week we have had. Looking back on my first arrival my vision and opinion of the places we have been surrounded with have changed. The mini bus once being a small bus now becoming a safe zone after a busy day and the houses we are living in once a strangers room now a humble place to crash out and ’sleep’. Today I finally learnt the word for sit down “bed combe” and what’s your name? – “neeya” which are safe to say very useful phrases!! Saying good bye to the kids was without a doubt difficult for everyone however this sadness of leaving didn’t prevent the smiles of the children leaving an imprint in everyone’s hearts, this being proven by the frequent selfies being taken from almost every direction!! Later in the evening we went to a restaurant. I proposed the question, “if you had one word to describe this week what would you use?” I used the word precious as to me this week has shown how precious life really is. The food was brilliant – not as good as Sophie’s…. but nice still.
- No need for a gym when you’re carrying around children all day
- Family thank you for your lovely messages but the x’s need to improve
- On that note, Jamie getting a gazillion x’s is unfair.. he was upset but not that upset.
- If anyone has any songs that can take “sorry “by Justin bieber out of my head don’t hesitate to mention, thank you!!