• Big 5 Lodge
• Typical Day During Training
So here is what my Monday-Saturday schedule looked like:
5:30am Wake up brush my teeth, wash my face, eat a bowl of bran flakes, and pack my lunch.
6:30am Meet Sunny and Daniel to walk to the junction to meet up with the other people in my ward to walk to the church training was held at.
6:45am Meet up with other volunteers and make the hour and 15 minute walk to training
8am to 12:30pm Setswana lessons
1:30pm Various lessons on Community Capacity, Safety and Security, HIV/AIDs, Setswana, etc. Try to convince Ron (our training director) to let us go to the stadium to workout.
4:30pm Head to the stadium to get some exercise in and avoid going back to our host families.
6:00pm Have to be home by this time because it gets dark and host families don't like us being out past dark. Help cook and dish dinner, take a bath, go to room to journal, write letters, read, study Setswana.
8:30pm Go to bed to get up and do it all over again.
Sundays consisted of washing my laundry. Hand washing clothes is not fun. It takes forever and I never seem to get all the soap out of the clothes when I rinse them. They don't use washboards so you have to scrub the stains with your hands and end up getting small little cuts all over your fingers. Boy do I miss the washing machine. I saw on the discovery channel last summer a washing machine that was built out of a bike and a garbage can, maybe I could construct one when I get to site?
• Shadowing Visit
• Cultural Visit
• Site Visit
The next week we got to meet our Supervisors/Counterparts. We had a two day workshop at Lemepe Lodge in Moleps with them about expectations and communication. My counterpart, Montebatsi, is the head nurse at the Machaneng clinic. She seems very nice and I am very excited to work with her. On Wednesday we headed in a kombi with 4 other volunteers in my district and their counterparts to our sites. Botswana are not very time conscious. They told us we would be leaving around 10am so we all met at the Lodge to be picked up. Well our ride didn't come until 2:30pm. So I didn't get to Machaneng until 8pm. I got to stay in my house the rest of the week. The previous volunteer left me some stuff so I didn't have to get too much for my house when we went shopping the next week.
• Host Family Thank You Party
• Swearing In Ceremony