Hello from South Africa!! After two weeks of running I finally have gotten a chance to sit down with some good internet and update my blog! It has definitely been a crazy past few weeks of group bonding and exciting adventures. We started off at Ingwe for the first 10 days, where we had seminars every day and got to go exploring a bit. We talked a lot about identity, and what made us who we are. As well as seminars based around the question, “What is Development?”., both types are difficult, and the program leaders push us to think in new ways about these topics.
The flight into South Africa was long, but we all got to watch movies and read books! The day after arriving we went on our first hike, the Salt River hike, which was beautiful!! The next day we went to Monkey Land, basically a few acres of land that are free for monkeys to roam about, and Birds of Eden, the same idea but for birds. We ended that day with our first round of Insanity! This is a workout video that we are trying to follow every day for the next seven months, it is super hard, but it feels so good to be active!
The next few days were filled with seminars with a few activates stuck in. We did an obstacle course of sorts with Ingwe, which involved jumping into a giant mud puddle! We also went to a place called Africanyon, where we wear wetsuits and follow these two guys (Tebzzz and B) into the woods and repel down rocks and zip line down waterfalls and jump off of rocks! While there they taught us a bit of their language, Xhosa (the “x” is a clicking sound followed by “cosa”).
We are learning a lot about the languages here, and about the different languages in the different townships. For instance the township I am staying in, The Crags, they speak Afrikaans, and don’t have a good relationship with those who speak Xhosa. Tomorrow Sam and I move into our home, which I am very excited about! It will be nice to have a home to go back to!
Thats all for now, I will try and keep everyone as updated as possible!!! I hope all is well back home!!