VOLUNTEER BLOG: “The Day of the Girl Child” – Swaziland Rugby Coaching/AIDS education

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Getting up quite early as today was all the pre planning we needed to get done for the day of the girl child.  Naomi and I went off to visit the 3 schools to confirm that they would be attending.  One of the first schools we visited in Malkerns was one of the ones quite far out of town and Naomi told me that it was fine as they were one of the only Malkerns’ schools that have a school bus.

The first school – Vuma –  is where the Swaziland rugby union vice president works as a teacher.  We were called over to the staff meeting as they were discussing tomorrow’s events.  The reaction to the day was positive and they even said they would send the whole school down for the fun day which was good news!

The next school we visited was next to Naomi’s house and the head mistress was her auntie.  Auntie Pat was a lovely lady and had the most amazing eyebrows that I have ever seen! Naomi explained afterwards that it is a fashion thing in Swaziland to tattoo your eyebrows on!  Another questionable fashion choice that I have seen while being here is black lip liner.  Whatever floats your boat!  A good thing about going to this school is that,  as Naomi has family there,  it meant we got to have some chicken and rolls!

The last school we visited also had a positive reaction to the fun day for all the children and staff. We managed to sell it to them by saying “it is the day of the girl child so the girls should have something special for that day”. Also, they are quite close to exam time so this will be the last fun day out for the children and teachers to relax before the stress of exam time!  They all loved the idea so that was why the 3 schools confirmed for the day of the girl child!

Once this was all done and confirmed we went past the super market and got some bread and chocolate buns for the base. Before we left, Naomi showed me where she lived and all the puppies that were so small and cute!

When we got back to the office and told the good news to Mike and Wilson it was time for tea, buns and toast before we got a few more things done.  After this, we had to take some candles to Linda and see the shop – it looked amazing!  Once back at the office,  I helped back up the car ready for the day tomorrow.  Everything was now totally ready for the next day with schools confirmed, kit and giveaways packed!

The evening was quite a calm one, Michael taught me how to make some very spicy lamb, and literally my mouth was on fire!  For the rest of the evening, it was just chatting and doing mosaic by candle light as the power wasn’t working.

I am very excited for tomorrow’s Day of the Girl Child as it should be amazing fun and it will be great to see the girls’ teams playing and enjoying the day!

Bethany Neave

(If you would like to know more about Bethany’s volunteer placement in Swaziland helping with rugby coaching, AIDs education and all aspects of running this charity, then check out http://www.volunteervacations.co.uk, send us an email to info@volunteervacations.co.uk or give us a ring on (0044) 01483 331551 or (0044) 07833 208 158)

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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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