Month Seventeen: 13 Nov- 12 Dec. 2009
– All about the history of Robben Island and Bokaap
– How to make wine
– A better understanding of what an amazing leader and human being Nelson Mandela is.
– The absolute grace of the idea of Reconciliation.
– That jumping fences is not a good idea when they are topped in barbed wire.
– To cook turkey upside down. Genius.
– How lucky I am that my parents got to see my life here in SA.
Month Eighteen: 13 Dec. 2009- 12 Jan 2010
– Baboons like carrot cake
– To trust my judgment. It’s usually right.
– That I don’t actually like to make spontaneous life choices. A plan and some research is better for me.
– About the travesties of sex trafficking and maternal mortality. Everyone needs to read the book Half The Sky.
– How to be a sister to a grown up woman.
– Some things only happen once in a New Year’s blue moon and that is ok.
Month Nineteen: 13 Jan- 12 Feb. 2010
– How to plan children is not common knowledge. But it should be. – Some really good ground rules for building healthy relationships. – That the misinformation being circulated throughout SA starts at the very top.
– That one of the most cost effective and simple ways to fight HIV is to empower women to not need to rely on sugar-daddies.
– How to make baby food.
– How to write a resume and letter interest.
– That if you want South Africans to come to your workshop, you better have certificates for them.
Month Twenty: 13 Feb- 12 March 2010
– That going to Pretoria is not as fun as it used to be. Its more of a chore now.
– Its fun to talk to the Med-Evacs. They have such different and interesting stories about PC in the other parts of Africa.
– How to talk about my own religion and what impact it has had on my service.
– Some more life history about people I spent a lot of time with.
– How to demonstrate condoms. Get out your bananas.
– That there are a ton of CO school districts! Where am I going to apply to? Any ideas? Month
Twenty One: 13 March – 12 April 2010
– Lots about the animals of Africa.
– All about the largest inland delta in the world.
– When driving in Africa, always fill up the gas tank at the halfway mark. You never know when you will see a petrol station again.
– The depth of racism that still exists.
– 21.1km is not far! 56km is.
– To haggle for a really good price.
– How to smile yourself out of a speeding ticket. – SA is still a dangerous place.
– Tent poles sometimes wonder off….
– To get clothes made at Indian Center
– That there are a lot of countries in the world. I never realized how many until I had to draw them all!
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