This is going to be another rapid highlight section. Bringing back the Gold/Fail Stars!
Gold Star goes out to some of my fellow VSO volunteers in Georgetown who arrived here at the same time as me – they have allowed me to network my organization with some other programs in the city that will significantly boost what we will be able to do here. Thanks guys!!!!
Gold Star to the groups that organized the Deaf Awareness Week that is on right now – got to participate in a march on Sunday and there are some workshops on all week.
Fail Star goes to my cooking ability – I have been practicing a bunch of local dishes (roti, some curries and cook-up rice). I invited a neighbour over for dinner a couple of nights ago and I managed to massacre the food even though I can make it pretty good most other days… thankfully he was very gracious – gave me some good tips!
Fail Star goes to the volunteer meeting/training that I had planned for last week – I had a couple of key things that I wanted to cover….but I only had one volunteer show up so it pretty much failed… back to the drawing board
Gold Star goes to the existing volunteers that I have been working with at the center who have shown significant dedication – one in particular has been a life saver
Gold Star goes to the director of my organization who is always trying to do more and more to meet the needs of our youth and is willing to go the extra mile. Got to see her try and take on the school system the other day as she tried to convince a school to let some of their students write the large final exams that they need … we were not able to get as much accomplished as we would have liked but I learned a lot about what can be done within the current system. Now I just need to make some calls to the Ministry of Education to see if I can get my hands on some resources…….
Gold Star goes to my friends who like to go fishing on Sunday afternoons. They are determined that I should eat as much local food (of every variety) as possible – and they are convinced that they can teach me how to cook properly… wish them luck!!!
Extra Big Gold Star
As a late addition to my post from earlier today I would like to add an extra big gold star.
Someone came to the centre I’m working at from the large organization that we’re going to partner with. They offer sessions for youth for free all over the city and in the regions. It will seriously increase what programs our youth can get involved with and we’ll be able to draw more youth into our centre to get involved in what we’re already doing. They’re excited because they don’t offer many programs in the neighbourhoods where our kids come from. Win-Win for everybody and a great partnership to develop. They also do some pretty serious hiking/camping trips every year in the regions. Maybe (fingers crossed) I’lll get to go on some of their expeditions too!!
Gold Star for successful networking.
Drew Badgley is a student at the University of Toronto Scarborough, studying International Development Studies, currently on Co-op placement in Guyana.