VOLUNTEER BLOG IN SWAZILAND: Sometimes you just have to have a big tidy up…

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

23rd day – Tidying in the Boathouse

I was woken up today after the large consumption of booze the night before it was difficult to get out of bed to say the least!
Today was the day that I was determined to tidy the boathouse! The boathouse is the big shed/building where all the kit and equipment is kept for SKRUM. It is a mess! Every time someone wants to get something they have to climb over loads of stuff until they can eventually find it! Therefore, I was determined to see it tidy!
It took a lot of effort and time but we eventually managed to get it looking lovely! It was so much bigger now and you could actually walk around in it or even run around as Wilson demonstrated. Even though it was hard work we still had a laugh. It was me Wilson and Naomi tidying it and I found these little foam rugby balls that I would throw at Wilson to annoy him. This worked for a bit until he started throwing them back and then it was war!
The most frustrating thing about the boathouse was the huge amount of boots just shoved in a corner. There were so many and all not in pair, so this was incredibly annoying to untangle and pair back up. We eventually did it and as we doing this Naomi found the smallest pair of boots I have ever seen they were tiny! Also, we found a size 50 XXXXL top and Naomi and Wilson could both fit in it! We joked that you need to Swazi’s to make one English rugby player!
I was happy that the boathouse was getting tidy but I was also very scared as there could have been rats, spiders or snakes beneath all the kit so I was very scared while doing it. Lucky I didn’t see anything so that was good! Also, I had a bit of a stupid moment when carrying one of the chairs back into the boathouse. I was carrying it back in and I caught it on the door and it came back and hit me in the face on my lip! Naomi and Wilson had some much sympathy (NOT!) they were excited to see if I would have a fat lip in the morning as they thought it would be funny!
For lunch we had a “stoup” that Michael had made (a stoup is a stew and soup) This was very yummy and helping in giving energy to finishing tidying the boathouse!  After this, we planned what was going to be happening the next day and then I collapsed on my bed and had a snooze!
Today was a funny day and I have decided that Wilson had the funniest laughs I have ever heard!
Bethany Neave
(If you would like to know more about Bethany’s rugby coaching placement with the charity SKRUM,  or any of our other placements, check out our website http://www.volunteervacations.co.uk, email us on info@volunteervacations.co.uk or give us a ring on (0044) 01483 331551 or (0044) 07833 208 158.  We would love to hear from you!)

About www.volunteervacations.co.uk

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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