We had our first group meeting on Tuesday. Our students liked it a lot, at least it looked like they did, but the teacher who was there with us to translate, wasn’t too happy just translating and was saying things against our will and trying to change things and didn’t let us explain things for the students. I don’t know what we should do.. At least we need to talk to the teacher, but how can we tell her that we are here to learn and want to do the mistakes for ourselves and that we want to be the ones who are guiding the group and she is there only because of the language problem and to observe. Well we’ll see how it goes next week. We have this same group every week once during the time we spend here. We are also having these creativity guiding sessions in one class per day a few times a week. This is how we decided to do our internship here, because we wanted to work with all the students at some point and give something nice and different for them to remember and also of course to practice planning different things. I think this is the best way to learn it.
African time is so different to Finnish time that we have been quite a many times annoyed and amazed by it. Some teachers arrive to school 30 minutes late and the students just wait in the classroom doing nothing and not having anyone to supervise them during that time. Also every time we were supposed to go somewhere with the school the bus or some people have been late, some even for two hours or more! This week we are going to have a lady here who’s going to make braids for me and Anna. I heard our principal tell her to come on Wednesday and Thursday mornings very early. That was the only advice she got, the only time, very early! I asked the principal “what means very early” and she told me it means 7 or 7.30 or 8.00.. I was ready at 6.50 waiting for the lady on Wednesday morning. She never came. She called though at 8.30 she called that she can’t make it today she will be here on Thursday and Friday.
I think to the African time there is also included the “how long something is going to take”. Usually they always say it is going to take about one hour or two hours. It means it can take anything between 30 minutes to five hours so that is something to be aware of.
Tomorrow we are going to west lands, which is a part of Nairobi where all the rich people live. There are also all the embassies ect. We are going there to buy something healthy to eat like oats, muesli, yoghurt, lakritsia, some bread and so on. It is also worth seeing the fancy part of Nairobi as we haven’t seen it yet.
Now it has been quite cold for the few days and we have got some rain too. Some of the teachers have told us that is the short rains season. What that means, I am not so sure, but apparently it is going to take 2weeks to 6 weeks and then it is going to be very warm. At least that’s what they say. We’ll see about that. But now some warm socks made from wool, fleece long sleeves, good shoes and scarf have really been useful!