I've also taught them some Microsoft Word and Excel on the computer and taught budgets and the importance of saving. We've also covered health issues, like drinking water and not smoking plus looking after the environment - not burning plastic (which is a rampant practice over here), recycling etc. to help keep Bali clean and beautiful.
I'm also teaching them to "touch type" (type without looking at the keys). They are going great, I just hope they continue when I go cause it's only practice, practice, practice, that cements the skill.
While we were away on holiday I left my group with a little project. We had done some lessons on hobbies and I told them mine was photography and scrapbooking…I made two examples for them to know what I meant and so while I was away they all did a little scrapbooking page about themselves for me. They are fantastic. I love them. They did a wonderful job and I will treasure them always.
|Girls from my group|
|Mix of boys from our classes|
Brent went to his first (and probably last) cock fight a couple of weeks ago. It sounds pretty gruesome as they tie special razor blades to the birds feet…use your imagination. The losing cock gets his life ended (if it isn’t already) and then they cut off one of it’s legs and that goes to the winning owner (I suppose it’s his trophy…). Then they pluck it (there are a lot of real feather dusters over here) and I suppose the next step is the cooking pot. Lots of betting and drinking goes on and it’s definitely a male only thing.
The time is drawing near when we will leave this experience. It is going to be so very hard. There have been many times in the early days when I was ready to give up and head home but now that the end is coming I'm realising exactly how much this experience has impacted on me and especially the love of the children...it sneaks into your heart so that when you go a little piece you stays behind and a little piece of them goes with you...