Hello again from SA! I’m feeling a lot better this week and I’m just left with a raspy voice, which is completely fine with me. It was actually perfect timing because I had a very busy weekend.
For VCE this week, the theme was “healthy living.” My group taught our children about the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day, and washing our hands before we eat. Then we showed them different pictures of healthy and unhealthy things—someone recycling, someone littering, an apple, candy, etc.—and had them tell us whether the pictures displayed something good or bad. (The “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” signs are pretty universal, so we had them show us that way!) Then we brought in apples, bananas, carrots, and grapes and had them sample them as examples of healthy foods. After that, we went outside and stretched with them before doing a relay race! The kids loved it and we gave them different stipulations like running backwards and hopping on one foot. Before we knew it, our hour was over!
Every week, we receive a journal prompt and submit entries based on either what happened during our session or a provided article, video, quote, etc. This week, we had to reflect on a quote by Marianne Williamson called “Our Deepest Fear.” You can read it here. I really, really like this quote and its meaning, and I’ve ironically already reflected on and wrote a speech about it this past semester. Anyway, we had to talk about how the quote relates to our community engagement in Kayamandi, and I thought I’d share it with you guys!
I essentially think that the quote is saying that we are afraid to dream big and think optimistically because we believe that we aren’t good enough and that we don’t deserve to be beautiful, talented, etc. Instead, there is no reason why we shouldn’t believe that we are these things because we are all meant to have our lights shine. For example, when we’re children, we want to become astronauts and create world peace. But, when we grow up and realize that there’s this thing called rejection, we’re a little more careful about what we pursue and sometimes think we’re too unworthy of a person or an opportunity. In my entry, I explained that the children we work with have the big dreams that we used to have; in their minds, almost anything is achievable. Thus, I’d like to re-learn from the Kayamandi kids and learn to be more fearless and aware of my talents and possibilities!
Yesterday (Saturday), a huge group of international students went to Cape Town for the Holi One-Colour Festival. The festival is traditionally Hindu and uses colors to celebrate life and happiness; however, this is a more modern, Day-Glow/paint party version. The one that we went to yesterday was actually the first in Cape Town, so it was awesome to be there for it! Everyone wore white clothes and danced everywhere to the music that the DJ played. The colors are actually just cornstarch with dye in it, which made it non-toxic and fine for the skin and hair. And, every hour on the hour, everyone would throw their colored powders in the air and it made a rainbow beautiful cloud. The people who attended were all so fun-loving and friendly, which makes me love Cape Town even more. I’ve never been in one place where people were so happy for so long!
We were at the festival for ten hours and our bus didn’t drop us off at the international office until midnight. So, we all ran to our showers, scrubbed our bodies, and hopped into bed to wake up bright and early for another adventure. Today, the AIFS students went to Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, as well as Boulder’s Beach.
We were at Cape of Good Hope for a very short time, but it was beautiful. The fact that we were by the water made the weather extremely windy, and that is why my shirt is inflated in every one of my pictures. We stayed at Cape Point for a longer amount of time, mostly because there was a lot to do. We took a path up to a lighthouse that looked over the mountains and water, and it reminded me a lot of Shutter Island. There were also some gift shops where I got a few souvenirs…it was actually very difficult to control my urge to buy e v e r y t h i n g. Lastly, we went to Boulder’s Beach, which was pretty much a nature reserve where we could check out some African penguins! There were so many of them and we got pretty close! Have a look:
More classes this week, but there’s a twist—we’re finally going shark cage diving on Sunday!
‘Til next time,