Monday, January 30, 2012
Interview of the kids
I got feedback that hearing from the kids perspective would be a good topic. I asked questions but maybe I should have waited until they were all in a more talkative mood. Here is some of their thoughts in random order: Levi: I've enjoyed playing with all my friends, with the Canadians, the Rundus's and the Cameroonian kids. I especially like playing swords,handball,ashka and climbing trees. When I work in the library, I dust shelves and help check out books to the students. It's annoying that the power goes off so much and we don't always have water. The pineapples are really good. Sugar Cane is delicious. It's rustic here - well actually it's DUSTIC. Ellie: I enjoy playing with the kids in the Child Care Center and trying to be someone they can look up to. It's interesting to see differences but hard to connect with girls my own age because they speak Pigeon English and do not understand me/or me them. I miss my friends and the internet is extremely slow so that is annoying. It's a challenge to find ways to interact with the Cameroonians; the boys just go play football, soccer or climb a tree and they have friends. I don't do that because it's all boys, so it's hard to meet people. The light in my room takes up to an hour to turn on so I wear my headlamp when I go to bed. Kyle: I think the people here are friendlier than at home. The dust is everywhere. It's challenging trying to figure out what the Pastors are saying in church. I think the fruit is better here. In the library I dust books, shelves and sometimes move shelves and desks. When I work with Dad I move rocks, help mix cement and dust. One of the best parts of this trip is not having school work. I like the pace her: they work hard but not too fast. They are very underpaid. I think there should be more handball in America because it is very entertaining and fast paced (better than soccer). It was fun teaching the local Cameroonian kids to play Ninja, Swords and Flamingo - especially Flamingo, it was chaotic with about 30 kids playing. Flamingo is a game where you stand on one foot and try to knock people over. The last one left standing wins the game.