VOLUNTEER BLOG IN SWAZILAND: Christmas

Today I am not needed for the SKRUM programme as all they will be doing is driving around giving out letters to explain the cancellation of the National match and to explain when it will be rearranged for.  Therefore, today I am being drafted in to help Linda again in her Christmas shop!  It should be a lot of fun today as we can get all the Christmas stock and have fun unpacking all of that!
I was dropped off on my own and was greeted by the girl that worked there. We had to leave the shop to air out for half an hour, as Linda had set off two bug killing foggers the night before.  Therefore, we went to the coffee shop across the way and I had a smoothie and breakfast Panini.  Once the half an hour was up,  the shop no longer smelled like bugs death.  It was good, but not good, that there were about 10 cockroach bodies all over the shop.   All I could say was EWWWW!
Later on, once I had done the list of jobs Linda had asked me to do and once the shop shelves were looking good and the floor was clean, we went back to the house and packed the cars and the trailer full of Christmas stock to take to the shop. Linda thought, without all the Christmas stuff in it, it looked quite bare.
Once all the boxes were emptied and the shop was very much glittered and Christmasfied, we started arranging and making the shop look amazing! My favourite item in the whole shop had to be these cartoon snow globes there are so cute and just would look awesome anywhere.  It was very surreal feeling today was it was very hot –  it got to 40 degrees today! The surreal feeling was that of being in Africa, in 40 degrees weather and I was putting up a Christmas tree.  When I told my family that evening over Skype,  they couldn’t believe it!
Around about lunch time, Linda went and got is these dried meat sausages to snack on and they were very lovely.  Linda said they were very traditional African food and it was good for me to try it and she was surprised that I actually liked it. I tell you you would REALLY like it… Ming!  Linda has brought him with her today to be in the shop and as soon as you took one bite he would follow you round like a lap dog. I have to admit, I did give him a bit and now he is my best friend forever and always thinks I have some for him.
We had a few visitors today.  Linda’s friend Les came and in helped out helping us make the glass cabinet and arrange things in the shop which was very kind of him. After all the jobs had been done and we were packing away, Ming had a little incident, he peed on the floor. Let’s just say Linda was less than impressed and he got a telling off and went and hid in the Christmas decorations of the floor to sulk.
After getting home and getting freshened up, me and Linda went off to book club.  Swaziland book club is very different to what I imagine a normal book club is like.  Swaziland book club should be called ‘eat nice food, sit around chatting, drink wine and nothing to with books… club!’
Allison, the lady who’s house it was, was lovely!   The food was delicious and her house was amazing, very big and with a lovely swimming pool outside.  I have met her before so it was nice to see her again and she asked lots of questions and we had a great chats about the future.
Before we got to the book club, we had to find it first as it was very much into the deep of the bush and down a very small and very bumpy track.  Linda’s friend Sharon asked to follow us down and Linda said to me that she didn’t really know where she was going either!
The rest of the evening was spent chatting to all the women in the book club and getting all the Swaziland gossip from them.
Bethany Neave
(Bethany in in Swaziland doing a volunteer placement with the charity SKRUM.  Whilst there, she has been involved with rugby coaching to the schools and community, painting of the charity’s logo on school walls, AIDS education and all aspects of running this charity.)
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We send gap year students, university students, families, people on Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and people on career breaks to coach sports, teach and work in orphanages, work in marine conservation, primates conservation, land conservation, looking after rescued jungle animals, animal welfare, women's empowerment programs (sewing/fashions), men's empowerment programs (carpentry, plumbling, electrics, DIY), medical shadowing (doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists), after schools clubs, reaching out to underprivileged children and adults in South Africa, Kenya, Swaziland, Mozambique, Ghana, Ecuador and The Galapagos, Thailand and India. In Swaziland we offer bespoke rugby coaching placements with the charity Skrum where volunteers (18 ) can take their Level 1 rugby coaching certificate and then travel on to other placements and coach rugby. In India, the placements are suitable for families and undeer 18's are accepted providing they are accompanied by an adult. India is also suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. We also offer building renovation and reconstruction in India in July. India placements can be from 2 to 12 weeks.
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