Yesterday I returned from Coll, this is a really very tiny island in the Inner Hebrides where all the Guyana, Namibia and Ghana volunteers went for a week of training so that we can teach in a semi-competent manner and generally survive.
Before I go into anything else, this is a short playlist so you can get a rough feel for how this post should sound.
– Under the same sun – Ben Howard
– At the zoo – Simon and Gafunkel
– I’m A Cuckoo – Belle and Sebastien
– We’re going to be friends – Jack Johnson
My training week started at five O’clock in the morning in order to make an eight O’clock flight to Glasgow, followed by a four hour train to Oban, so that I could get a ferry at quarter past five the next morning to Coll. From Glasgow there are only two carriages going to Oban so it became apparent really quite early on that there were only about 5 people who weren’t with Project Trust. Over the course of the train, hostel and ferry journey it became obvious that the group from Guyana was going to be a pretty tight knit unit.
The main body of the week consisted of a totally standard combination of how to teach and how not to get any tropical illnesses, with a brief interlude on the best way to sleep in a hammock. After sitting and listening and making notes on all of it I can safely say I have never been both this excited and terrified at the same time. This time last week I was backing my bags with no idea how to teach, and could only just get by, getting food out of the fridge! In a month I will become a fully fledged secondary school teacher and if we want some meat then it would be far more convenient to go and kill something than to get to a fridge.
The other thing needing to go into this post is about Wakapao, this is where I will be living for the year with a guy called Coby (Coby is great. We have already perfected the top gun high five and will probably come back something like Bret and Jermain.) Wakapoa is in the north of the country in region 2, it’s really a group of small islands so when we get there we need to get a boat. How exciting. There is a newly built secondary school, and it looks likely I will be teaching mainly maths and science but really could have to teach anything. Our address will be as follows:
Wakapoa Secondary school, Wakapoa, region 2, Guyana, South America
Please do write, letters might take about a month but it would mean a lot to get a few letters from you guys. On a separate note I do realise the spelling discrepancy in Wakapao between the address and the rest of the post. This is because the name given by previous volunteers is different to the one given by PT, we’ll see how that one pans out.
The photo below is Team Guyana 13/14, Coby is the guy to my left.
I will be travelling to Guyana on 18th August, flying from Gatwick around midday, it would be great to catch up with as many of you as I can before I leave.
Thanks again to everyone for all your help and support,