Monday 25th July & Tuesday 26th July 2016
The most rewarding part of our project is being able to give the opportunity for our volunteers to inspire the children in our partnered schools. The word 'inspire' has certainly been the buzz word amongst volunteers and staff during the past two days of our work placement project.
We were greeted on Monday morning during the weekly assembly proceedings which began with the students singing a range of hymn's as our volunteers looked on from the top of the veranda. This was a very emotional moment which signalled the start of our work at Ratu Filise Memorial School.
It was evidence that the children of the school were delighted to see us and welcomed us with open arms (literally). They were all full of intrigue and enthusiasm and were evidently eager to find out more about us.
Each of our volunteers were assigned a grade group ranging from grade 2-8, this would be the group that they would be spending the duration of their experience with. This would provide an element of continuity for the students which has been missing for them in some areas of the school.
It was great to witness our volunteers really embrace the opening moments with their groups and show the desire to begin building positive relations and rapport which would provide the foundations for making progress with their groups.
All students are currently in the process of preparing for their exams which take place next week, so the focus of all classes has been on revising cross curricular subjects, meaning our volunteers have had the opportunity to teach a range of subjects from Maths, English, Social Studies and Physical Education.
10:30am in school and its time for recess. Students are given 15 minutes to play outside on the field, our volunteers and staff join them and play various ball games (netball and rugby) and continue to build relationships and get to know the students more.
The nature of the village catchment and student cohort means that many of the students that we are working with if not all are from very underprivileged backgrounds, some more challenging than others, so by engaging with them outside of the classroom, this allows our volunteers to find out more about their lives and up bringing.
As our partnership with the school strengthens, the aim of the Travel Teacher Foundation will be to support with the regeneration of facilities and equipment at the school to give the students access to more modern technologies to assist in their learning.
In addition to two great days in the school, we have also embarked on some fabulous adventures, checkout the images below from our discovery itinerary from the past two days.