Location: Perth, Australia
Well, that\'s three months in Perth and I\'ve loved every second from the moment I arrived and yet I can\'t believe the time has passed and its time to move on. Yes Vegas beckons but I am so sad to be leaving. So what makes it so special? The kids and staff at Mirrabooka have been simply amazing and I\'m going to miss every child and every member (well nearly every member) of staff and everyone of Noushins friends and family that she has introduced me too. Noushin and Niloufar go without saying. I\'ll miss the sun and warmth, the crickets at night, wearing shorts all the time, Noushin and Niloufar. The relaxed life style that is Western Australia. I\'ll also miss doing something different, work not associated with construction and enjoying it too. Who would have thought I could have taught? Certainly not me, I just hope the kids got as much out of it as I did.
Location: Perth - Swan Valley, Australia
Hope all of you taking time out to read this are well and hopefully enjoying some spring weather. Its Autumn here, but temp still in the high 20's.
School continues to be great fun and I'm still getting so much out of it. Wednesday was Harmony Day in Australia celebrating the many differnt cultures and nationalities, so many of the kids came in National Dress. Some countries represented were Iraq, Iran, Ehtiopia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Angola, China, India, Pakistan, Afganistan, Bangladesh, Macadonia, Burma, Karen, NZ and Australia, pretty diverse.
A couple of things happened in class which require comment. one boy Ansul is from India, a migrants son he is 8yo and generally begins every sentance with "my dad..." Every friday they have a spelling test, taken very seriously and everyone has to be quiet, something Ansul finds very difficult.
Miss Shams: Question 1, "Sister" s.s.s.sister as in " I have one sister"
Ansul: (hand up in a flash) "I have two sisters"!!
Then there's Darshan, another Indian migrants son. He is seven, very clever, but like a lot of Indians does have problems with certain letters in our alphabet. He was reading to me, he is also very quiet.
Me: Ok Darshan, which book are you reading today?
Darshan: My dod dooes to training school.
Me: Its dog Darshan, d.o.g
Darshan: Dod, d.o.d
Me: No Darshan, its a g, as in growl (staying with dogs) g.g.g.g. growl.
Me: Darshan, watch my mouth and see how I form the letter. G
Me: ok moving on, start reading Darshan.
Darshan: De dod was on de lead.
Send for the speach therapist!!
We also have a kindergarden and four kids had to go and see the headmaster for being naughty. After a dressing down, one of the children turned to her mates and said "shall we shoot him now?"
Me and the vols went on a wine tour yesterday along the Swan Valley, hope you like the photo's.
I'm sorry the weather is still bad back home, so welcome to Perth where its hot and sunny!
I've been here a couple of weeks now so I thought I'd up date you with what has been happening.
I'm here with 11 other volunteers, mainly Brits but the odd Yank and a couple of Canadians, though we are all doing different programmes. I'm at Mirrabooka Primary school which is an Intensive English Centre mainly for refugees and migrants children but also caters for mainstream kids. I help Mrs Parry with PE and Drama and also Miss Shams with children aged between 7 and 9 with their English and Maths. I've made so many friends amongst the staff and the kids are just wonderful, I'm loving every minute of it.
There is quite a bit to do in Perth, the Swan River, lovely parks and only 15 minutes from the beach. I've also been to see Cricket at the WACA, a concert at the Perth International Arts Fair and to a beer festival.
I love it here so much I'm trying to extend my stay without it costing me too much money - might as well the sun is shining!
Hope everyone is well at home and that you like the photos.
Lots of Love
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is a lovely city, with a great climate and I've really enjoyed my stay here. I was here mainly for the tennis, but I've also been to the MCG, to the Ocean Road and on wine tours.
Shame a bout Murray, I watched the final in Garden Square which is the Aussie version of Henmans Hill, so there was a great atmosphere. I also had tickets for the quarter final between Tsonga and Djokovic.
And now its on to Perth.
Location: Sydney, Australia
Its good to back in Sydney and of course bland food!
Visited the usual places, SOH, the harbour bridge and Coogee Beach, but mainly just chilled around the Circular Quay and Botantical Gardens.
I did though go the second One Day Match between Australia and Pakistan at the SCG, where a rather pathetic Pakistan were hammered by the Aussies. I took advice from Twiz on who to support and suggested I couldn't support the cheating, ball tampering, gambling, drug taking visitors, so Australia it was then!
Location: Sri Lanka, Indian Subcontinent
Sorry I'm a bit late with this guys, but here is the entry for Sri Lanka. Had a fab time here, although by the end I'd had a bit too much curry, whatever happened to bland food!
The football coaching went very well and my thanks go to the Northumberland FA for supplying balls and kit. They certainly don't have a great deal, most kids play in barefeet and the pitches are more like car parks. Being the coach I am, I cleared the pitch before each session and its fair to say from the debris I removed you could build a small house! But the kids were great, always positive and the coaches want more of us to go out there, Robbo are you reading this? there current methods are a bit outdated.
It wasn't all work though, with Rhian and Steph I went to Kandy via an elephant orphanage and to the tea plantations. And also with the girls and Trevor we went to Unawatuna which was devastated by the tsunami and is a beautiful holiday resort on the south coast.
Next though, its back to an old friend and Sydney.