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Tiny Snippets of Quick News - Angie's Peace Corps (Namibia) Adventure

Apr. 4th, 2006

11:25 pm - Tiny Snippets of Quick News

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I met this last Friday, 3/31, with 11 young girls (all 13 & older) to begin the planning stages for a girls club. It went sooo well!!! I was beyond excited that day. I got a ton of information from the girls as to what's going on in their lives. Feel like I asked all the right questions & somehow find a way to get them to start opening up about all these various sometimes difficult subjects in their lives. The goal/ idea is mostly to meet w them once or twice a week and talk about life skills development- self esteem, goal setting, assertiveness, communication skills, what are healthy relationships, peer pressure, etc etc. Good good stuff & the girls have been very open thus far. I'm short on time right now so I'll have to talk more about this next time. There's a lot to say about this. It gave me a great big boost!

It's Going to be a Good Month!
This week I'm not at my site- I'm in Keetmanshoop, about 2 hours south of Gibeon. I'll be here until Friday for a week-long workshop put on by CAFO (the organization I'm tied to here). It can be quite boring at times & it gets tiresome because they are doing it all in both Afrikaans & English- and it just really drags the day out too long. But i'm also learning a lot about strategic planning, working together as a team w others in the community, leadership development, and proposal writing. It's most definitely worth my time & I think I'll get a lot of good out of it.

Saturday & Sunday I'll be spending the weekend in Mariental. Usually i just go into Mtal on Saturdays to do groceries & check our PO Box but this weekend I'll be there the whole time. More exciting stuff- me & the other 8 PCVs doing the Southern Girls' Conference (Girl's Empowerment Camp) in June are meeting this wk.end to plan out all the details for the Conference. I'm going to be doing some team builders exercises with them, as well as a games activity, plus my favorite- a Gender & HIV/AIDS Risk Reduction session! Then on the last day I'll also be presenting the certificates to the girls. I'll definitely be busy for that, but I'm quite excited about it. I know the girls are going to have such a good time. We each get to bring 6 girls from our sites & it's great because so often these kids don't even leave their towns. It's like a big vacation for them. Plus we're making the SGC full of education AND fun stuff. So yeah, that's what this weekend will consist of.

Next week I'll be back at my site (Gibeon) for that week. After that, I'm gone again- for the rest of the month!

Starting April 18, we have Re-Connect for the Peace Corps. It's In-Service Training. I feel like it's going to be PST (Pre-Service Training) all over again which kinda sucks in that sense, but it's fantastic that we're all gonna be reunited again. We haven't all been together since heading to our sites in January. Occasionally we see a couple of Volunteers here & there, but it's mostly just the ones who are close to our sites. I usually see like the same 3 or 4 a couple times a month, and then another 3 or 4 on the rare occasion. But other than that, we don't get to see each other. Man, it's going to be so much fun- being around a ton of Americans again. Yes, life here is such that being around your own people becomes a treat.lol. And we get to be together for a whole 10-12 days! Wooee! After that a bunch of people are going to hike Fish River Canyon. I haven't decided yet if I will join in on that or not. I have no idea what I'll do but I'm sure I'll end up taking a couple vacation days to do SOMETHING & spend more quality time with PCVs. I haven't visited the North yet and i heard it's beautiful up there. That's the Africa you see in nature photography- we don't have that down South. But more on that at another time. I"m sure as time gets closer we're all going to be salivating even more.

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