Apologies for the lack of posts. Seems like most of my posts start off with some sort of apology for not posting more frequently! Warning: loooooonnggg post incoming!
We just finished our camp on Saturday. I’ll run you through what we did each day.
Day 1: Sunday. Met the kids firstly, all seventeen of them. They were all shy and nervous to begin with…might have been nice if that lasted! We were in a big lecture room for the first day. Activities consisted of awkward dancing amongst lecture chairs, introductions, learning about Taiwanese culture and the different population groups within Taiwan, and promoting recycling by making a little drum thing out of assorted parts. My drum was brilliant. I made full use of my extraordinary drawing talents to create a masterpiece.
Day 2: We moved rooms to this larger classroom from the lecture hall. I liked this room much better, though it was freezing! This room at least gave us more opportunity to dance. I love every opportunity to dance so I was all over it.
Things done on day two: presentations on global issues – air pollution, poverty, global warming and war. I was third with global warming and I enjoyed every second of my presentation. These are issues that need to be taken seriously and to have children understand how they can save the world is immensely satisfying. Like usual, I spiced up my presentation with delightful videos and discussion sections.
The day also featured a drama about a frog called Idiot (lost in translation…), more art and craft, jumping frogs, and a twenty minute lunch wait.
Day three: Drum time! We changed locations today to a nearby elementary school and hired out a few of the classrooms there. We filled the room with twenty three traditional chinese drums, overenthusiastic students and a teacher who knew how to handle kids like a shepherd knows how to handle sheep. The kids (and us trainees!) spent the day learning a simple rhythm that we would perform on the last day. Later, we were treated to what a proper drum performance should look like. Fun day!
Day Four: Day of cultural exchange! Echa and Santi promoted indonesia like a travel agent, Kevin sold korea as the home of gangnam style and I endorsed Australia as the land of beach, desert and 50 degree temperatures. I had trouble describing Australian culture, as we don’t really have any. Australia is getting to the point where it’s similar to an airport in terms of population diversity…nothing like here in Taiwan. I ended up passing myself off as Aboriginal and summarising forty thousand years in twenty seconds.
The kids ended up playing indonesian instruments, drawing indonesian-style shirts and “Aboriginal” dot paintings. They also learnt songs…like Dumb Ways to Die! Man, I love that song too much.
Stay tuned for part Two!