The “Dar Shbaab”. September 24-25, 2018. I have not seen as much of my host family this week. The late-night meal is the only one where everyone is home and I am skipping that meal because of getting up early for school. I still see my “Mom” at breakfast. She actually eats around 10, but has a little with me before I leave. My “sister” cooks lunch for me and shares with me. Yesterday and today there were visiting relatives at these meals. Language classes continue. Walks around the community continue. We had visits from our Peace Corps staff. Each day I have been treated to tea “kaskaroot” at two other volunteer homes. Today we had our first activity with local children, beginning to get to know our community through their eyes. They drew us maps of town, identifying key places and whether or not they liked to go there, and how frequently. The place where the children come for English and other activities is called the “Dar Shbaab” or “house of young people”. This is part of our training, so that when we reach our own communities we will have developed skills for getting to know the community.
The “Dar Shbaab”
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Linda, I’ve just read all your posts since you arrived. Fascinating! It sounds like you are happy and comfortable (except for the bathroom and bathing routines), so that’s great to hear. Hopefully those will get easier with time. Your description of the day to day lives of your host family are wonderful. We all get so insulated by our lives, it’s good to hear how other cultures live in parts of the world so far away from us. I am happy to know you are safe and with a kind and welcoming family. I am still in awe of your decision to do this, and look forward to reading your posts. Would it be okay with you if I shared this blog with our members? I think they’d love to hear about your adventure!