Johanna in Okakarara

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The first volunteers in Okakarara are back

Hello, I am Johanna, one of the volunteers in okakarara. I arrived with you Julius am 08 January 2022, so that the following Monday was our first day at work.

I liked it straight awaythat a "Hello" always goes with a "How are you?". This makes the first encounter in the morning much more pleasant and often a nice conversation naturally develops from it.

Voluntary service in Namibia

On a normal day After the welcome round, let's grab one of the kindergarten or preschool groups and start our sporting activities. These include parcours, balancing, imitating animals or somersaults on the soft floor mat. After the children have eaten their breakfast, we usually give some suggestions for free play, paint and do handicrafts with the children or prepare the afternoon directly.

Games in the FSJ

At 14 p.m. the school children come to the project for afternoon care. First the homework is done together, then the English vocabulary or mental arithmetic skills are playfully honed and if there is still time, a game or two is played. The conclusion is always Cookie Time, where the students can get hold of cookies by quickly solving multiplication tables.

A challenge, that we encounter every day is the language barrier with the younger children. Only a few of them speak English at home, which is why communication works almost exclusively via the teachers or with hands and feet. But that works quite well and with the help of the translations of our colleagues, even more complicated games can be conveyed quickly.

Which surprised me positively, is how open even the older school children are to our ideas for activities. They are motivated and enthusiastic about almost everything, and so we have been able to build up a good relationship with some of them in such a short time. This is great fun and motivates us to put even more effort into the preparation.

Dear Johanna, we are pleased that you have found your way into the steps project in Okakarara - as one of the first since the pandemic situation. Thank you for the insight into your daily routine - we wish you an exciting time in Namibia! 

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