Saturday, September 1, 2007
Working at Banani
Muli shani! (How are you! in Bemba)
I'm happily settled into life at Banani International School and today I'm about to start my work as a dorm supervisor. Currently, all the volunteers for the school have arrived and we're having lots of fun together.
Here is a bit about all of us:
Neda (from Tonga has been here since April, works in Administration, in charge of grade 10s and does dance workshop with the girls)
Tahirih (from Pennsylvania has been here for a week, in charge of grade 10s and will work as a TA in the primary school)
Corinne (from Australia is in charge of grade 9s and is a teacher who volunteers in the primary school teaching grade 3-4)
Sophie (from England, is in charge of grade 6-7 and will work in the primary school helping with phys ed)
Amy (from New Jersey and Ecuador, is in charge of grade 11-12 and will work in the library)
and me (from Canada and South Africa, will work in Administration and help with the yearbook, in charge of grade 8s)
Today the students arrive and our work really begins!
There is another part to the campus of the school which we call the Institute. It's a five minute walk to their buildings from our side of the campus. Basically that is where the work of the William Mmutle Masetlha Foundation is done by some youth volunteers and other employees. That is also were the Counsellor (a guiding figure in the Baha'i Faith) has his office as well as the National Spiritual Assembly (the national administrative body of the Baha'i Faith).
The youth from both sides of the campus as well as a few Baha'i students at the high school have weekly get-togethers where we study themes in the Baha'i Faith, or plan events, or, as we have recently begun, start a youth choir! The lady in charge of these get-togethers (Sheila Hart) is a wonderful choir director as well! So on Friday night we were singing "Wimbawe" and "O God, My God, My Beloved, My Heart's Desire" with real bass singers!
So far, no snakes.