Well… I hope I don’t bore you all to tears. Word of warning… if any of you are annoyed by bad grammar and spelling discontinue reading this post. : )
I wake up up around 6:00 am. I put on my headlamp, shoes, and venture out to the hole/toilet. That can be an adventure some days… For instance: Running into my host dad as he is headed out of the hole…chatting with the local spider on the toilet paper roll… or fending off stray dogs that have ventured into the house/compound thing. Then I do my daily push-ups and dips. 30 each. I am going to be ripped in two years. I then go out to the outdoor kitchen dealio and light up the gas stove to make some delicious American coffee…collect the breakfast that my host mom leaves out (overnight.. so the cat gets first dibs on the bread and cheese). And lately I’ve been waking up to finish up lesson plans and homework (they keep us busy here!). On occasion I get a phone call from friends or family and chit-chat for a bit…which is my favorite!
Off to school around 8:30. Kazakh lessons for 4 hours! Home for an hour lunch. Then back to school at 1:30 to observe the other volunteer’s lessons and prepare to teach.
I teach a 6th and 7th graders on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday. They are all rockstars! I get a lot of blank stares at times, and then the lightblub flickers for a moment of English clarity!!! It is the best feeling ever. I usually get home around 6:30 pm …eat with the host family, and start planning some more lessons and doing Kazakh homework.
Woohoo… exciting eh? Well I’m loving it and time is flying by. I am going on a site visit next week to Taraz. Leaving on Tuesday night and arriving on Wednesday morning…oh yeah!
I will try to get some pictures up soon… I am going to Almaty this weekend and looking for a flash drive so I can upload/download pics!
Love you all!