After a week of teaching the children from JA Nel, we (the Cardiff students) have formed imminent bonds and connections with every one of the kids. The children attending UniCamp have such an energy and excitement about them it is hard not to instantly fall in love with their passion and outlook on life. Many of them have described their relationship with us as like a family, and I couldn’t agree more. When I wake up before 6 o’clock each morning and come in to teach I feel as though that day will be the day I get too lazy or give up, but then each day every learner comes in and lifts me up with a “Gooie morê!” (Good morning).
As there was an institutional holiday on the second week, we got the opportunity to take the kids on a trip to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest canyon in the world. As always, the energy of the learners prevailed the whole three-hour drive there… And to our dismay doubled the whole four hours back again! It was lovely to visit such a great and vast natural beauty with the kids and experience a piece of their landscape which they too had never seen.
I truly believe that the connections we’ve made with all the learners will last a life time, and I don’t think I will ever forget them. They each have an addictive personality which I wish I could constantly be around.