Sheepworld and beyond
Trip Start Mar 2008
14Trip End May 2008
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By now I have totally adjusted to the Kiwi lifestyle and seem to be falling into a more consistent routine of school. I have been teaching day to day and I believe that the students are actually learning something. I am responsible for a fewer number of classes than in the States however I am teaching multiple subjects and have students that are in 8th grade and sophomores which is definitely a challenge. My supervising teacher is not always present, hopefully this means that she trusts me enough to actually teach them...
This past weekend was really fun. Nadina (another project participant) came to visit for the weekend. It was really nice of Tom and Pam to allow to stay, and even nicer that Pam took the time to show her around. We went to Sheepworld, which is exactly what it sounds like and I petted some sheep and a deer. Weirdly enough, there is a deer farm close to my house. Apparently, deer horn velvet is a large export to Japan. Also, we went to Brick Bay Sculpture Trail which is an hour long trail with modern art sculptures throughout. This was really awesome, and had I been by myself I would have probably would have spent a lot more time there.
Adam (Pam and Tom's son) took us to a party on Friday night. What an experience. The legal drinking age is eighteen here and so that is pretty much what senior students do over the weekends. So not only did Nadina and I feel REALLY old, but some of the students that knew me happened to be there. HOLY AWKWARD. However the culture here dictates that it was not a big deal, but I get the feeling my coolness factor has just jumped significantly.
The weather remains warm here and I have just started coaching soccer. From this I have learned two things: I am out of shape BUT it's good to know that I still can play :)