Day 8 - Thursday 13th July

Our Day 8 report for Thursday 13th July is written by Beth.

Today must have been one of the best – if not, the best – days so far. It began with our usual early morning routines (jump-started by the same obnoxious bird previously mentioned!), followed by our second lessons. I think as a whole they all went well, largely because we are beginning to settle into the scheme of things now.

Once we’d left the Vision School, we travelled to the foot of a dormant volcano, and started to scale the steep sloping side. The views were astounding; in fact I don’t think that a word accurate enough to describe them exists. Along with some K.V.S.S students that had already arrived, we walked around the complete volcanic crater back to where we started. After an amusing descent, we headed back into the minibuses and drove to Gitenderi: an A.C.E. supported primary school.

There we were greeted by the gleeful shouts and yells of the children, which soon died down when we disappeared into the Headteacher’s office to have our lunch. We split into two groups – each going into different classes, and my group saw the Primary 1 classes. There were almost a shocking 100 students in every class, with just one teacher between them. After this brief tour, we made our way to the front of the school, where the 1,000 or so students gathered before us. Some of the older ones took part in an incredible performance of dance and song – it seemed as though they had endless energy! We were also shown the beehives, crops, and the girls’ room which is an excellent addition to the school.

The majority of the afternoon consisted of washing for me, as we had about an hour to kill before heading off to a local park. While Thomas got stuck in playing a game of football, many children were fascinated by us, so of course, we had to treat them with the ‘Hokey Kokey’ and ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Toes!’ A few of us even managed to do a show of the Macarena! After a very eventful evening, we all retired to the Guest House to eat dinner and get some much-needed sleep.

I loved this day, and hope for many more like it.


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