It's sad to say that another 2 volunteers will be leaving us to go back to the UK - which means there are only 6 of us left.
One of the volunteers has dengue fever; which causes some serious consequences and her mother is now in Cebu staying with her until she is fit enough to fly home.
Honestly, watching her mother entering her room in the hospital and bursting into tears as they hugged was one of the most emotional experiences for me. I couldn't watch. At all!
Of course, the 2 volunteers who are leaving us will always be part of the 'family', our bond has grown stronger than ever. I'm looking forward to our major night in Manchester when we a get back!
At work yesterday, one of the volunteers brought some sport equipment from her school back in the UK and donated it to the school I work in. She presented it to all of the students; football kits, goalkeepers gloves, cones, balls and many other stuff. I've never seen the children so happy, they were so eager to try the kit on and play! The students were all very grateful, and we had many photographs taken!
Today, we had our VISAs renewed, as they expire tomorrow! Being in the immigration services and seeing so many old, mostly American men with young Filipino girls is really sickening.
"They're only marrying you to get a VISA out of you!" I really want to say to them.
I think the heat, the rice, the air pollution is slowly wearing me out - I'm finding it so difficult to get up and go to work each day. The Philippines has drained me out, that's for sure!