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Reisverslag Traveljournal #2: You are responsible for you
28 februari 2017
Traveljournal #2: You are responsible for you
This is my second travel journal. From now on I will write in English because I have to talk and write English most of my time here. Ek sou dit ook in Afrikaans kan doen, maar ek is nie so goed in Afrikaans nie.
As I told you in my last journal, we had camp with students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). It was a wonderful weekend with these students. We did various games to learn lifeskills and laughed and danced with each other. The quote of the weekend was ‘you are responsible for you’. You, and only you, are responsible for the choices you make and everything that happens after that. I’m really proud of myself because I overcame a lot of fears. The leader of the camp (it looked like he was from the army.. so strict) made me walk through the woods by myself IN THE DARK. He wanted us to see what it was like to do something on our own, because here in Africa you are kinda on your own too. Away from friends and family. All I really could think about was how much I wanted to shoot that guy. We also did some high (10 meter) rope climbing in the trees. I was really scared, but still did it!
This week we went to all the places where the students will work. We met our supervisor from St. Michaels, the children at the school (all of the children are super- super- supercute!!) and our supervisor from the university of Cape Town. There are so many things that amazed me. We saw a group of 48 children from the age of 10-14 years old (the grades are divided by intelligence, not by age). 8 of them don’t get any food at home!! 11 of the learners’ parents send their children to school so that they receive money from the government and then they use that money to buy alcohol and drugs instead of things for school for their children. One fourteen year old girl at the school has a child (!) and another girl from 13 years old might be pregnant. Another thing: some children don’t use toiletpaper because they’re not used to use it at home. There are so many things that you can’t imagine that are really happening. Also, the school has no money so we’ve to provide healthy food without funding…
After this week we knew what we’re going to do. For our research we’re going to measure length and weight of the children to see how many of them are under- or overweight. For our Health Promotion assignment we’re going to set up a tuckshop for the children. We are going to give lessons to the children about healthy food, exercise, hygiene and diseases. We’re also going to give a workshop to the teachers and the parents of the children (IF the parents show up, because they will only come if you promise them food).
At the end of the week we had to make a plan for the upcoming weeks, but that had to wait because we were going to Cape Town with the Grabbies (students from Grabouw) and the Genaaltjes (students from Genadendal). We went to Ultra Music Festival and it was A-MA-ZING! DJ Snake, David Guetta and Martin Garrix were awesome, we had so much fun with our group and the weather was perfect! We stayed at a hostel at Longstreet (the biggest street in Cape Town) and the next day we went to the beach. The whole week it has been above 30 degrees! In the evening we went to Pigs&Swizzle to meet up again with the CPUT students. We were the only white people at the bar so we had to get used to that but eventually it was so much fun. I looooove the music, it’s the same kind of music as ‘my music’, so Leo and Wijnie; you should come over here and enjoy with me!
We slept at the residence where the CPUT students live and the next morning they made a wonderful breakfast for us! They are such nice people (and so are more Africans)! They are so friendly, help us with everything, look after us when we’re going out and teach us how to dance (I will teach you guys in Holland also when I get back!!).
So, just to summarize: these first two weeks were awesome. So many nice people, good weather, delicious food (I like the food here so much!!) and an amazing vibe. I can honestly say that I’m really enjoying my time here so far. I can recommend a trip to this country to everyone!
Furthermore, I’ve seen and learned so much in the last two weeks. I’ve done so many things that I’m proud of! Like; going into the woods in the dark on my own, eating meat with bones in it (still hate it), driving on the left side of the road, talking English all day, making new friends…. I’m looking forward to the upcoming weeks!!
I hope you liked to read my journal! I’ll keep you guys posted! Xxxxxxxxxx
28 februari 2017 11:00 | Door: bas
1 maart 2017 16:08 | Door: Eugenie
Je mag inderdaad trots op jezelf zijn! Weer leuk om op de hoogte gehouden te worden! Enjoy your time in South Africa!
8 maart 2017 10:23 | Door: Hedwig
wat leuk! Ik lees later. Ad zag net je verslag bij mijn spam!
8 maart 2017 14:02 | Door: Ida
Mooi om te lezen wat je daar allemaal meemaakt.
Tot de volgende keer en nog een fijne tijd toegewenst in Zuid Afrika, geniet ervan.