Last week we had a little taste of Youth Development on a surface level at Spring Camp. Basically what happens is that usually, each year, the Dar Chebab (House of Youth- it’s like a YMCA) puts together a camp during the kids’ Spring Break here and they come for a few hours each day to get their learn on (who wants to learn during break?? these chebabs do!) but since our Dar Chebab didn’t do it, we did our own version of Spring Camp at a local association…The kids mostly come to learn English (the association gets some sort of funding from USAID I think for English classes or something like that, which is why they allow us to teach their in the first place) but we usually teach them content-based English so they also learn other things like nutrition, healthy living, volunteerism, etc. etc. or if you were a kid who attended our awesome Spring Camp, you also may or may not have learned Party in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus on the third day…a little cultural exchange if you will. I will post more pictures later. I wish I had a video of them singing. Boo.
So this is me and John (Kelsey taught w/ us too but she’s not in the picture) and some of our students. We had about 30 students in our Intermediate class, give or take. We literally felt like rock stars. We were only there for 3 days and right off the bat, we got a tea invitation on our first day (see that girl throwing up the Peace sign? Her name is Zineb. We went to her house first…you should’ve seen the spread her mother brought out!) and another the next day (her mother’s spread was also pretty awesome). The kids were amazing. All came willingly, since obviously the camp was optional, and they were all ready to learn. Each day after class the students would ask for our email addresses and to take pictures with us. For what? I don’t really know. Some of them even asked us, “write us something” then they would hand us their notebooks as if they wanted our autographs. So I signed a few. Hey, why not?