24 Jun 2015

Teaching in Fiji (Fiji unpublished stuff)

walking to school because we missed the truck...look at the location of that school though
One of our activities I particularly enjoyed was going to the local school once a week. The school goes from grade 1 to 8 and the children from three villages including ours went there, which meant that after a short time we knew most of them and made it even nicer.
We only ever ‚taught‘ there for about half an hour, but it was enough to make your heart melt every time. And to be honest, we were pretty exhausted after trying to keep this cute energetic bunch calm for that time.
The idea is that we teach the children about sea turtles and raise environmental awareness, but by the time I was there they had heard about it so much that we tried to switch the topics up a little bit. For example, one day we talked about toothbrushing and gave toothbrushes out to them, as many families can't afford toothbrushes for everyone and they usually don't get classes about it like we did when we were younger.
They were always very curious and wanted to know about where we came from, one time they asked us to sing our national anthems and sang theirs in return, which is sounded amazing by the way!

The children are always so excited when we come to school, but they are also generally the nicest and happiest: When they get home from school, they run into their houses to get changed and then just play with each other and without any toys; if we were around, they would just grab our hand or hug us and ask us to join in their little games. I miss them a lot!

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