Wednesday, September 9
Since I have no lights tonight, I thought it would be easier to write on my laptop as opposed to my journal, though usually when this happens I just use my cell phone to see. Today was a pretty average day here. It was a technical day so we didn't have to be at the school until 9 30... which I enjoyed thoroughly! Technical days are nice because - A. they are in English - B. both language groups are together - and C. they seem way more useful (surprisingly) than language lessons. I am becoming better and better at the charade/dictionary game with my host family, but teaching still seems intimidating. Technical days are when current PCVs (Peace Corps Volunteers) come and talk to us about how to teach. Methods, games, lesson plans, grades, working with a counterpart, things like this. It's so helpful to hear it from someone who is going through it right now. We have Emiko and Robert helping us. They were Kaz-19s, I am a Kaz-21, so they are on their last couple months in Kazakhstan. It's nice to hear them speak from experience and tell stories. Then after lunch is the culture part. This is when Leah kind of let's us vent a little, and we discuss the community project part of our service.
So we have this "Morale Chart" that we keep up which I thought was kind of hilarious at the beginning, but has basically just been the icebreaker to talk about how we're adjusting here. So that's that, really... Then the community projects are something that we have to over the two year span. Things like... start a sports team, or try to help educate people on rabid dogs lol. seriously. Dogs here are a whole nother issue! (I miss Howie!!) Anyway, the project has to be something that the community wants, needs, is sustainable, specific, measurable - o geez I sound like Leah lol. So for training we're sort of practicing with after school projects and English Clubs. Anna and I are doing a drama club. It should be fun - she brought some play scripts and I want to do sort of improv games (Who's Line-style). Then in our service we are also required to keep an English club going for the 2 years too. I'm not sure what I'll want to do for my community project... I've thought about dance, gymnastics, jewelry making, singing, art... I guess it really depends on what the students/people want. I've heard so many stories about projects failing because volunteers don't listen to what locals think they need or want.
After class, I got on the internet for a little bit! (Like 15 min... and I wasn't expecting it so I didn't bring my pictures or anything to post) They confirmed today that Wednesdays we will have one hour of internet on 6 computers to split between the 12 of us! Definitely good news :) So I sent an email, then, Leah was able to get a room for us to do yoga in on Mon, Wed, and Fri's! So I did some yoga. Leah is very passionate about ancient Chinese practices... medicines, traditions all of it. For her secondary project she started a yoga club at a women's center. Pretty cool! It was a little strange though. She was telling us what all of these different moves we supposed to help you with - longevity, youth, gray hair (Ehem, mom... sit with your legs straight out in front of you and touch your chest to your thighs) lol! It was almost like the move was like some sort of healing magic potion... I don't know. Lot's of interesting, colorful people here. So, that was super nice and relaxing. My body hasn't really moved much the past month!
Then, I came home, had some soup and bread, took a bucket bath, and am just about to hit the sack. We are going to Almaty tomorrow for "Hub Day". I'm still not really sure what that means besides getting 9,293,485 shots! Yuck - I think my count is up to 9 since being here (not to mention all the shots I had before coming). Hopefully there won't be anymore! We leave at 7 30.... :(... But, there is a chance I will be able to get to a computer and post some pictures and start this blog of mine I have without having lol. We'll see... I'll keep my expectations low, and my hopes high. Flexibility, patience, and creativity are virtuous in PC Kaz!