Yeah, I have a little more energy now so I figure I'll go more into detail about what's going on here at the school...
The kids we have here are pretty well behaved. I'm not saying they are angels (or 'angles' here...I'll explain that in a minute) but once they understand what we are trying to tell them, they obey.
Some interesting (and cool) things that they do over here in Taiwan that you would NEVER see in the US (thank you Bill Green and the likes...) is that the kids actually WORK. For example, before lunch, the food has to be brought down from the kitchen area that is in a seperate building up a flight of stairs. The kids are required to get the food and bring it down and put it on the table in the cafeteria area (although one kid did drop the grapes today - FAIL!). After a meal, the kids are required to sweep the cafeteria, clean the tables, clean out their dishes and return the pans to the kitchen. Not bad for child labor!
As for the work side, this week I'm more of an observer. I was able to put together my first 2 days of lessons (we have short days Mondays and Fridays due to Orientation and getting the kids to peace out). I'm going to be teaching a set on photography and tie it into things like outside stuff (teaching words like tree, bird, snake, cloud etc), city stuff (bus, skyscraper, dead bodies), and other things like that. I think it will be interesting...whether it works or not is a different story.
My food experience here at the camp has been very positive. For at least the next 2 weeks we will have a restraunt cater for us. They are making all the food here onsite - and it's pretty damn good. After the first 2 weeks the powers that be may decide to get a professional catering service or keep what we got. As of today, my vote is to keep these current guys.
Back to the names thing. I have been pretty amused with some of the names so far. Names ranging from "Black" to "Mix Ting" to misspellings such as "Angle". I've even heard there is a kid named "Wee Wee" or something. I'm still waiting for Obama.
And on Obama, they are obsessed with anyone who is black. Every black person is Obama to them. Ironically, aligators are also Obama. I'll have to research that a little...
Well, I think that's all for now. Not sure if I'll have anything new to post til the weekend, so if not, until then...
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