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Farewells

We've been made to feel very special the last couple of days. Our teachers have given us all gifts to say thank you for coming and made us try on traditional gowns and did our hair for us. It was so hot in their clothes, I don't know how they do it.

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We've spent the weekend at the resort which met our expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed talking over very leisurely meals, drinking free wine and beers and relaxing in the pool.

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We went banana boating in the afternoon and on the first fall I got so winded I would have drowned if I didn't have a life vest on. From then on I really feared falling. It was heaps good.

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At dinner on the last night at the resort the staff made a special cake for us and gave us a really nice night. There was live music on the beach and the staff gave us quite a few free drinks.

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Now we're pretty much just waiting to leave. We saw Jaime off to the airport today and the rest of us leave for Male at 9:30 tomorrow morning. Most of us are on the same flight to Singapore so we can post phone our goodbyes. Our flight doesn't leave until 11:30pm so we have the whole day to see Male then we'll probably just scope out the coolest place in the airport and play the waiting game.

A few of us have our bath robes from the resort and we're pretty keen to wear them on the plane so if you happen to see 4 girls walking around Changi or Sydney airport in robes it'sprobably us.

I'm so keen to eat food that isn't rice, tuna or noodles!

Posted by SusannahBinsted 04:32 Archived in Maldives Republic Comments (0)

The Last Week

Teaching, Swimming, Painting

This week has been pretty hectic. Luckily it's mostly an opt in system otherwise we would all be run into the ground. The kids loved all the Australian gifts we brought over for them. They keep asking for our contact details and asking us to sign their work books. Super cute.

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Below is a little boy we see most mornings on the way to school. Lucy and Lisa named him Papino and as we walk away to school he runs out of his front yard and follows us. He's even learnt to say 'bye' in english these last few days.

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Mel and I spent an afternoon watching a small athletics carnival. All the young girls came out to watch in their party dresses.

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And it has been confirmed that 'Gardia' means 'Wheelbarrow' in Dhivehi and it's not his actual name it's just what Asad, Chappey and Ali decided to call him while we were here.

The local boys often just ride around on their bikes for something to do. They often slow down as they pass us sometimes calling out and sometimes offering us a lift.

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We've started swimming coaching from 4-6. Most of the kids really battle. The first hour we're with the younger kids and it's really about getting them to be confident enough to float and put their heads under water.

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The second hour is showing the older kids proper technique for the different strokes. Their freestyle needs a lot of correcting. They're all pretty crazy in the water. It's really hard for the girls in particular because they have to swim in long clothes and a headscarf which weighs them down heaps.

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In the afternoons and evening we have been working on the feature walls in the class rooms. There's no way we'll finish them all but we've sketched up quite a few and finished painting 3 and started painting a few more.

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Tonight Asad and Co are hosting a traditional Maldivian dinner for us then we are going to the school for a farewell.
Tomorrow we leave for two nights at Robinsons resort which will be increeediblllle. Then we're back on Thinadoo for Sunday and seeing Male Monday before the flight home.

Have had such an amazing time so far and would happily stay another month but am looking forward to seeing the family again.

Posted by SusannahBinsted 05:08 Archived in Maldives Republic Comments (0)

Week Three

Turning 20, getting sick again and getting better

It's been a while since I've updated. We all had a pretty relaxed week of school. Lots of us got sick for a day or two and stayed in for a morning. Here's another picture of my class.

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This week I ran an english class where I read them a picture book 'The Mango Baby' and asked them comprehension questions and helped them fill out their work books. We also did a lot of food vocabulary.

I had my twentieth birthday over here. I came home with Maddie after visiting some local friends (who made me the sand bottle for my birthday) and the others had put together a little suprise party for me. Gardia even fed me a piece of cake for my birthday - thanks Gardia.

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I went to bed pretty early that night as I felt exhausted. The next morning I went to school and as we were standing outside for the school song my vision went pretty weird but I taught in the morning anyway and just accepted that I was dizzy and couldn't see very well. Later I checked my temp and it was 39.6. I was pretty annoyed. I was made to go to hopsital again by Lucy and Asad and I had to get a blood test to make sure i didn't have dengue fever. Two of the doctors disagreed over my results as they showed that I had some sort of infection only neither of the doctors could find it as I didn't have any other symptoms. They finally just prescribed me with some antibiotics and a few other bits and pieces and sent me on my way. I slept a lot and felt better in two days. I am hoping I don't get sick for a third time.

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Thank goodness I wasn't sick for the weekend as we had another trip to an uninhabited island. Above is a picture of Thinadoo from the boat ride to the island.

Here's Mads and I enjoying the trip on the front of the boat listening to some tunes. There are stacks of fishing boats all around the Thinadoo which you can see in the background.

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We had great weather again. I think it's only rained twice since we've been here. So much for the rainy season. It was so hot the boys built a little shelter so we could stay out of the sun.

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And once again we had great snorkeling with loads of fish. Although there was a bit of a current and paddling around was hard work so I didn't stay out for too long. I opted to sit on the sand and cool down with some coconut juice.

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Posted by SusannahBinsted 02:34 Archived in Maldives Republic Comments (0)

More School and a Weekend to Remember

Today my usual teacher was sick so I was only at school until 11am. Below is a picture of the school. The dirt section needs to be planted and Ahjib said that we can plan it and help plant if we like.

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We did more addition in maths this morning followed by english then art. For the younger years art consists of copying a picture off the whiteboard and the teacher doesn't really give them much direction. Here are some pictures of the kids in my class.

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I stood at the front of the class today and sung 'Advance Australia Fair' and in return the kids sung their national anthem. I also learnt how to sing a song in Hindi as one of the teachers is originally from India.

We discovered this afternoon that quite a bit of cash has gone missing between us (around $US1000). Thankfully I've been stashing my cash in different books so only $US50 was stolen from my wallet. We have since given our cash to Asad and Chappey to hold in the office.

We just had the most amazzzzzing weekend at Robinsons Resort. Chappey has friends that work there so we were able to get a great deal.

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Great views and great meals make for great times.

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Maddie and I also treated ourselves to a 75 minute massage.

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And we all treated ourselves to a few drinks - Chappey had a few too many.

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Andddd this is where we slept for the night :)

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Posted by SusannahBinsted 02:00 Archived in Maldives Republic Comments (0)

First Day of School

I was uploading my photos from school today onto the laptop to back them up incase I lost them and the laptop had a freak out and corrupted and deleted them. Oh the irony.

My temperature was down today (a perfect 37.5) so Asad said I could go to school. Yay. I would have been bored to tears if I had to stay inside another day.

I am teaching the year one class who are so cute but there english is limited. This morning we did addition in maths and sea animals in environmental studies. We need to be at school at 7:30am and we get a break from 12-1. at 1pm we have 'clubs' which are different every day of the week. Today was scouts and Maddie, Candice, Lucy, Cob and I taught some of the boys Waltzing Matilda.

I think swimming lessons are 2:30-4:30pm but we havn't been allowed to teach swimming because of the sickness going around. From 8:30-9:30pm half of us go back to school to teach some of the parents to speak english and then we alternate with the other half.

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This is a pic of Ali and lots of tuna. Less than 10 people live on this tiny island. After visiting I understood why tuna is in pretty much every meal bar breakfast.

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Today was such a nice day and I am so tired. I am going to eat dinner quickly, take my drugs and go straight to sleep!

I'll try and get some snaps of the kids and school in the next few days and not lose them.

Posted by SusannahBinsted 07:06 Archived in Maldives Republic Comments (0)

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