02.01.2014 - 03.05.2014
After two days of traveling, 4 airplane rides, 1 bus ride and lots of rain later, I made it to New Day Orphanage. Though my luggage didn't make it with me, and it has been a week since I last saw it, I am thankful with what I have and hopeful to be reunited with my luggage on Thursday or Friday.
Being here, I've been able to start figuring out my schedule and trying to find my place among the already many people here. Starting on Monday, I'll be teaching Bible to kindergarteners, Music to K-4th grade, and theater to Pre-K - 4th, all in an actual school setting. My name among everyone here is Teacher Jenna, and to be honest, it's going to take a few more days to get used to it. My time thus far has been spent organizing the library, writing up my lesson plans, figuring out what I need for my classes, trying to learn everyone's name, starting to learn one of the native languages, making lists of what food I need to shop for, and trying to stay cool in the warm weather. All in all, it has been a good start to my 4-month stent here.
I have already gotten to experience a glimpse of an African sunset, and it's even more beautiful then the pictures. Bellow is my own quick snapshot to it from my front porch through the trees.
My daily walk on the compound consists of sharing a road with goats and cows. I've been told there are poisonous snakes around, and every time I'm out, I pray I don't run into any. Ever.
I'm doing well, enjoying this experience, and trying to take in as much as I can while I'm here. It'll be a challenge for me getting everyones names down, and it's hard to not know when the power might go out, but I'm thankful. I know I'm supposed to be here, and what better place to be at then the place you are supposed to be.