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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

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