Archive for Environmental Awareness Course
Here it is, another factsheet in our South African Wildlife collection. This week is the Kudu – join in the fun next week with the Monday Wildlife quiz on our Umkhumbi Lodge Facebook page.
As always the day to leave has crept up on us
There were lots of sad faces this morning, and a couple could only nibble on their french toast. There is nothing quite as bad as the mixed feelings experienced by all of our students on the last day with us. Excited about going home and seeing everyone, but at the same time not wanting to leave – ever!
Driving past one minibus now all I see are grumpy little faces, and one or two scribbling furiously in the diaries they have been dutifully keeping.
See some of you next year!
The last full day in South Africa for our UK students. We’ve done everything else, so what better way to spend it than experiencing some of the culture.
We meet our guides at the shop, a small one roomed shop that serves the needs of the whole community. Then it was time to walk to the primary school, a walk many young children are happy to walk as it takes them to their friends and an education that they are all grateful for.
Many of the children that attend the school walk even further, sometimes on their own and this made our students realise just how lucky they are.
Luke even helped to push one of the teachers cars when it got stuck in the mud.
The African students are always very excited to see our students and teach them songs, and dances as they try – even at 5 years old – to connect with their new friends.
To say thank you for taking time out of their lessons to talk to us and teach us about their community the UK students brought with them a large donation of chalks, pencils, crayons, notepads, clothing, toys and sweets for the children which they left to be distributed amongst the most needy children.
We learnt about the way in which traditionally women must sit on the left of a house and men on the right. We also learnt about the gender roles within the community – which the girls did not think were particularly fair!
But sadly it is now time to go back to the camp and begin to pack for the flight back to the UK tomorrow.
More shopping, except this time our students find themselves away from the big shopping centre of Durban.
The market is local to the lodge where every item has been made or grown by the women of the community to give them independence and provide for their families.
There is a vast choice of things to buy – almost too much choice!
Many people went round the market not once, not twice, but four times.
Before we left the market everyone had the chance to taste properly prepared, fresh pineapple. The way to prepare the pineapple is to cut of the skin but leave the grasses intact so that you can just turn it upside down and munch it like a lolly.
But no one wanted pictures of themselves with juice running down their chins on here – so I am afraid you will have to wait till they get back and show you their photos.
Dinner time soon! Macaroni cheese and chocolate cake