Long weekend- yippee

Trip Start May 06, 2010
Trip End Dec 17, 2010

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Well, we are doing a road trip after all!  We have hired a taxi for the whole day at the huge cost of 20.00 each!  So we are going down to Simon's Town for a look around, seeing the penguin colony at Boulders Bay and then travelling down to Cape Point for lunch and walking/cycling etc for a few hours and driving back.  Seemed the cheapest, easiest and safest option for everyone.  We are having a long weekend and going tomorrow.

On Saturday we have got tickets for a rugby match to see the local team, The Stormers, play.  I have been informed it is the equivalent of the Heineken Cup and this is the first time in either 9 or 19 years that they have played in it so it is a BIG deal in S Africa. It should be good- hope they win. And hopefully we will get to visit Robben Island this weekend too.

School was a bit better today, the kids were better behaved.  Just to emphasise the cultural difference though 2 things happened today.  Two people came into the class and started giving a talk to the kids.  It was initially in their own language so I worked out that it was about the World Cup and thought how good it was that they were trying to engage with the township kids and get them involved.  I thought it was about how great it was going to be for Africa etc etc...but then they repeated it in English!  It was about the World Cup but was a talk about child trafficking!!  They were basically saying that a lot of people are coming here to kidnap kids to rape them and sell them for child labour and warning the kids not to get into cars or talk to people they don't know.  Then they had a ceremony on Aids to remember people who had died and were dying of Aids as it is an issue which affects a lot of the kids here.  Very cheerful all in all - not! I was a bit disappointed with the ceremony on AIDS, as were the other volunteers.  The message they were giving the kids was that God will look after them and cure/prevent the disease which is obviously not true.  I do wonder if the kids are properly educated about what it is and how it is prevented. 

A former volunteer returned this week and spent the first day largely in tears because of the lack of progress at the primary school in terms of the kids learning, discipline and resources.  The thing is there is no easy fix, everything comes down to a lack of money and resources and the only people who can change that are the natives.  We can only do what we can do and play a small part while we are here.  The school gets many more children joining it each year than it can possibly cope with so it is caught up in a vicious circle.

Well, I will update you on my road trip and weekend asap and then it's my last week at school next week which seems very odd.  I will also take my camera next week and get pictures of the school and the township.
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Sally on

It's great to read about all you are doing, hope you enjoy Simon's Town and Boulder's beach the penguins are so sweet! lots of love xxx

cazza_macca on

There were baby penguins there, they were sooooo cute! Good to hear from you, hope all is well with you. XXX

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