12.05.2009 28 °C
I finally put up some photos!!! Yes I know it has been 6 weeks, but in my defence I only got my camera lead yesterday, and I would have put up more, but my camera just ran out of battery, so if you can all be a little patient, then there will be more at the weekend I PROMISE! Other news... Oh, I am travelling after, it is def gonna happen. Yay very exciting, don't have to worry about flying home early, now just have to worry about travelling around East Africa with my boyfriend (just kidding it will be awesome!).
Right so where shall we start, the day we left for the sanctuary we helped at a food relief in a village near us. It was crazy, we formed line to hand out a bag of flour to each person, but there must have been thousands of people there, who had been waiting hours in lines. It was really sad that these people were so desperate for 2kg of flour, which at home I wouldn't think twice about. Some people in our group were taking photos of it but I disagree with that, so sorry but you can't catch me in action there.
In the elephant sanctuary we went on loads of game drives, saw so many elephants, and on one of the mornings we did this really cool identification drive, were we took photos of the bull elephants ears, and then matched them to cards of already IDed ellies, and if they weren't done, we drew a picture of the ear, and gave them a name. Also saw warthogs, impala (like antelope), heard hyenas, saw loads of eagles and stuff - got some good photos of them and will put them up soon - and generally it was amazing.
Work-wise, we dug trenches on the road leading to the gate, so that the water doesn't ruin it when it rains, that was hard work but satisfying. We also cleared the electric fence surrounding the park, cos if the weeds touch it then the current doesn't flow and the ellies can escape, which they were while we were there, and apparently the villagers were complaining cos they kept coming into the village, which is really dangerous. They are planting trees in the cleared areas which the animals don't like, so it is an extra barrier for the fence.
At the school we planted some seedlings for trees and stuff, and I did some maths teaching. It was great, the night before we were given an exercise, and so we had to do a lesson plan, and then teach it and mark during the lesson. It was terrifying, but made me so much surer that I want to be a teacher "when I grow up"! Also played volleyball against their team, and god we sucked. They beat us but we told the other group that we won, cos it was getting a bit competitive...
Last bit of work was helping witht he elephant dung paper. They sell book and photo albums and stuff which is made from recylcled paper and ellie dung. We helped make the paper, and them also made some diaries and albums and stuff, I bought one so I was allowed to paint it as well! It was like I was 6 again! But I found that the best bit, cos I could really see how the project was helping the locals. They volunteer to work at the factory, and then all the profit goes back into the community. It was great.
In the evenings will just chilled, had quizzes and made camp fires. I now know lots about elephants, how to distinguish them and everything! So go on test me, just test me!Haha...
Anyways there are people waiting to go on these computers so I have to dash, tonight is the last night for the 6-weekers so we are trying to make the most of today and then we are having a bbq tonight and going out, will be good fun but also kinda sad I guess. Can't believe just how fast 6 weeks has gone!
Love you all and miss you..