After a very stressful and crazy day we arrive at Garden village hostel. First impressions were good, it appeared to be a clean and sociable place, we shared a dorm with the Crazy Americans William and Kate, after a meal and a couple of drinks, we headed for bed to get a good nights rest before starting our week at the orphanage tomorrow. When we woke the Americans had already checked out but did leave a nice note for us, the time came and we were picked up by Rady the school director/ founder and his English 'project manager' James, it was only a 7km ride out of the city to Rady's house where we would be staying with his family for the week. We were only given a small amount of info on how things worked and no indication on how we were to teach the children before we were given class C - which was the most challenging class. Their English was the poorest and the class size the biggest - this was to be the theme for the week we taught class C from 8-10 2-4 and 5-6. so our first class came and armed with no more than some flash cards and each other we set about teaching them English! The two hours flew and we both had a lot of fun but were extremely tired and hot! Next we found out we were to go over possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns (we didn't know what these were either until we quickly read up on it!) our evening class was a major step up from our previous classes which were learning very basic English, we eventually found it that the evening class was for ages 15-22 where as the two morning classes were a range between 4 and 14, after a little bit of swatting we set two, only a one hour class but by the end of it we were so tired and slept very soundly that night. Over the next week we taught each class C every day, both the younger and older kids amazed us, seeing how quickly the younger kids progressed was very rewarding and the older kids were so dedicated and worked so hard, they realised how important it was for them to have a good understanding of English, it really is the difference between working the fields (hard graft for pittance) or a job in a hotel or as a tour guide. We certainly learnt a lot from the students too and both definitely appreciate how lucky we are and how much we do take for granted.
Saying goodbye was very difficult, even after only one week we had built up a strong rapport with most of the children we taught, it was such a rewarding experience for us and we wished we could stay so much longer.for D it definitely strengthened her desire to teach and for Ash (weird one of us is talking in the third person) he realised how much he enjoyed teaching, definitely gives some more options.