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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Running out of Time


 Everyone at HSB-ISD is extremely sad to announce that this is the penultimate blog post for Cohort 11! First of all Yvette describes the week's activities while Daryl reflects on what has been achieved thus far on the project, and the importance of avoiding complacency with the end in sight.


'CEFISE children celebrating a victory in the football relay'
On Sunday our team, HSB’s team and Ross had the event at Réo. We did inclusive sports such as boccia, blind running, goal ball and the bucket game. Then we did a disability awareness raising with people about inclusive sport and people took notice of inclusive sport for the first time. On Monday we went to CEFISE and did relay, football relay, hoops game and then we did the week’s planning. On Tuesday we tried a new game called the numbers game, slalom with ball and relay. Then we did another sign language lesson. We had an awareness practical sessions at Lycée  Marien  N’gouabi with fifty children . On Wednesday after the warm up we had tennis and at CEFISE we tried two new games; the tail game and How Fast Can You Pass, as well as the numbers game .Then we did a sign language lesson On Thursday we went to ABPAM where we did goal ball, cord relay and then an art session with the children .After that we did an awareness practical session at Lycée Marien N’goabi with another class of fifty children. On Friday we did the warm up and afterwards balance boards, zoom ball, and the pass game.

Yvette


As surreal as it seems to volunteer and team leader alike, we are nearing the end of our placement. On day 1 at training the idea of facing 70 days in a new country sounded like a long enough time, now with a mere 2 weeks remaining I can honestly say that time has slipped by so quickly and the prospect of another 70 days would not go amiss. The busy schedule of all HSB-ISD volunteers means that the days in work are packed with activity so by the time you come to the weekend it is harder to believe that another week has gone. Although we have little time remaining it is still important that we don’t let complacency sink in.

'Jana officiating at the Reo community event' 
The objectives of any inclusive sports project is to ensure that when we do leave the work has not been in vain. This project in particular can roll from cohort to cohort with some ease as the sports can continue upon their arrival. Our part in the next cohort’s smooth transition lies in within getting official permission for volunteers attached with HSB to give both practical and theoretical awareness sessions. Although that may seem like a minor task, it still acted as a hurdle for us in the early stages of our time here. Upon getting this approval we have given sessions at two different high schools and gained permission for the next cohort to enter a new school that does not fit into our time-frame. The other major session that we took was with training teachers, showing them the sessions that we do each day, meaning that after we have left the will know how to take the sessions themselves. Within our final 2 weeks we hope to continue the awareness sessions we have started and fit in as many more as possible before departure.

Learning 3 new languages has been a task but also an interesting part of the experience. Before my arrival my French was minimal to say the least, whereas on departure I can gladly say that I can at least try and hold a conversation. Mooré and French sign language were completely new to all the Brits in our team but all of us have embraced it day in day out. 3 days a week we have scheduled sign language lessons and it is with complete regret that this is something I may never get to use again. The same is to be said with Mooré; I am confident enough to barter prices with sellers on the local market, pushing past the original shock of the white person speaking Mooré or the laughing at my accent and pronunciation. When I go home I may be able to try and use French but more than likely the other two will unfortunately have to be forgotten.

'Warm-up at CEFISE'
Overall, personally I am feeling a great amount of earnest about the fact I will leave so soon. Even the prospect of seeing my family seems only a small bonus of returning. After only 3 months, the reverse culture shock of returning to my life in Wales is going to be more than I would have anticipated.

Daryl



That's all for this week. Next time each member in the team will be contributing their final thoughts on the project, the ICS scheme and any other reflections on the last ten weeks. Until next time!

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