Old and new faces

Trip Start Aug 19, 2013
Trip End Sep 01, 2013

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Flag of Bulgaria  , Dobrich,
Friday, August 23, 2013

So, the chaos begins. We arise from a much needed rest excited to begin our first day of camp. We were greeted by a mixture of old and new faces; Pete's being the oldest of course. The day begins with a trip down to the beach which for some of the children is the first time they've ever seen the sea or sand so you can imagine the squeals and laughter which surrounded us. Having volunteered in the summer camp the previous year (Marie + Emma) it was very encouraging to see the changes that had occurred within the relationships of the children. In particular, a young boy named Ivancho. Unfortunately, last year, we would often find Ivancho separated from the group or teased on some occasions. However, this year, he is completely involved in the group dynamics and it was touching to see him and his friend with their arms around one another walking to the beach.

Today’s teaching was centered on the parable of the Good Samaritan and as a team we explained the message of loving one another as yourself through acting and a quiz. We felt that the children were engaged and really listened to the message we were trying to get across.

Luckily, we have the pleasure of having Pete and Maggie on our team once again. As well as Pete bringing Maggie he also brings his second love, circus tricks. This involves giving the children the opportunity to explore activities such as plate spinning, diablos and juggling. David, one of the children from last year, discovered he had a love for diablos and continues this talent today. Instead of learning this year, he has taken on the role of the boss (Pete handed over his title) teaching his skills to others. On popular demand, bracelet making has made a comeback courtesy of Maggie. The children love being able to take home the crafts they have made or even better make presents for the team. There are a few older boys at camp and sometimes it can be difficult to reach them but it was encouraging to see some of these boys making bracelets for one particular translator (Radi).

To end our day, we were invited to experience the wonders of a Bulgarian simulator ride as a team. To our surprise, it was much better than those found in England. In hind sight, we probably shouldn't have gone on straight after dinner. (Emma came out white as a sheet).

Over and out.

Emma and Marie.
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