Voluntourism at Ongula Village Homestead Lodge
The week with Lindsey & Aron at the Ongula Voluntourism Project.
August 2016: we welcomed our next volunteers at Ongula Voluntourism Project. A young, motivated and experienced couple, Lindsey is a professional teacher at home and with her husband Aron the combination to teach the kids in our community was perfect.
Lindsey and Aron arrived Saturday afternoon after they spent their last days travelling in Namibia. Ongula’s Voluntourism Coordinator welcomed the couple, showed them their home for the next seven days and introduces the headman of Ongula Ya Netanga, the village where the project belongs.
After their first night in the volunteer yurts and a proper breakfast, Lindsey and Aron went for church service on Sunday morning to see the school and meet with the community. In the afternoon, our guide took them for a Homestead tour to get an introduction to the traditional Owambo lifestyle.
Ready for school: Monday morning, time to meet the teachers and learners at Kauluma Combined School. Just a 5 minutes drive from Ongula Lodge, Lindsey & Aron had a very warm welcome at the school. The principal was very happy to get support for the Grade 10 learners, which will write the final exam in October. The volunteers, both from America, wanted to help and support the pupils with English lessons and as the principal is also the English teacher for Grade 10 the first lesson started shortly after the meet & greet. Not only the learners were excited also teachers and the principal attended the classes of Lindsey & Aron to see how the kids are performing and how the volunteers handle the lessons.
Seven days are running: Lunchtime – back at Ongula. Lindsey & Aron had time to enjoy their lunch and to prepare for the afternoon class. Kids from the community were expected to join the English lesson at Ongula’s classroom.
The first day was a sniff at each other and the following days we welcomed up to 60 young learners for the afternoon class. The kids came from the whole community, even one hour before class starts, just to be there in time and get help in English. We gave thanks to the kids for so much interest and effort with tea, juice and cookies.
Time to say Goodbye: It was a bad day for the Grade 10 learners at Kauluma Combined School, when Lindsey & Aron said Goodbye. The pupils were asking if they can extend their stay and if they can come back one day to teach other kids as well. A lot of pictures were taken, a lot of hugs were given and a lot of farewell wishes were sent. It was a great experience for the learners and teachers to meet with the couple from far far away.
The last lesson at Ongula’s classroom took place, a last time a lot of fun with Lindsey & Aron and a last picture were made before all kids started to sing a farewell song for the volunteers. Happy kids with a sad smile - but a lot of hope - to welcome again Lindsey & Aron in Ongula Ya Netanga.
A big THANK YOU to Lindsey & Aron who made that interesting and exciting week possible. Hope to meet you again.
Tangi unene otakukumononatango