This week started out like any other- we had a busy Monday and had to reschedule all of our classes that were the following day, because Tuesday was a national holiday, it was Independence Day and the new president was introduced at the presidential inauguration. The entire city shut down for this holiday, so we spent the morning watching the flag raising ceremony on television, and then headed to the national stadium for the afternoons events of cultural performances and the inauguration itself!
People had travelled from all corners of Guyana, camping out overnight to ensure a seat in the stadium. We were lucky to be able to find a spot way up in the back and witness this colourful celebration!
Wednesday we picked back up with lessons and teaching. We taught our first lesson to the Red Cross table tennis team. We also managed to spectate some of these athletes in a tournament this past week. It was really cool to see them in action! The rest of the week flew by with classes at Chase Academy, Sophia Training Centre, and of course another segment on TV. At Ruimveldt this week, we worked with the kids on some reading comprehension and still had lots of time for fun and games.
This week, in addition to our classes and regular activities, we are preparing for the training day that QHO is hosting on Saturday. We are super excited for the Berbice team to come again his upcoming weekend, so we can train this group of individuals on how to teach about different aspects of health to their communities, when QHO is not present.
At our guest house, our hosts are affiliated with a semi-pro basketball team here in Georgetown, and they invited us to watch a basketball game at the park across the street from where we live. It was really cool spending the evening watching them play under the lights! Waking up to the sound of torrential rain, on Sunday was totally normal, but when we stuck our heads out the window to find the streets flooded with at least a foot of water (more in some places), we were shocked! We weren’t going anywhere fast! Just like we have snow days in Canada, it seems they have rain days in Georgetown.
Hope you are all staying dry in Canada!
The G-Town Team
Anna, Maddy, Ali, and Jesse