Day 6 & 7: With Host Families!
*Things to keep in mind:
- Cattle posts=farms
Eliza- Braai at Mma Bianca's house (CIEE Home Stay coordinator), local radio & tv station, game park
Emily- Watched her host sisters basketball game and dance recital & visited the game park
Alex- Cattle post & animal park, military base (with a farm on it!) & family's village
Will- Local radio/tv station, played softball with host family
With his softball "team." Someone kicked a ball so hard it dented his metal water bottle (I told him it'd be a good story/memory to share once home)
Abby- family's village
Sitting around a kgolta (it's a place meant for men so she's technically breaking the rules--but her host mom took the photo so I think it's okay)
Jack & Amelia - visited the game park, went to church and visited with Abby at her home stay
Someone got Jack to go to church!
Amelia's family's church
Jack's church (he doesn't know what specific type--sorry)
With Amelia's Host Mom <3
Amelia's idea of heaven (visiting Abby at her home stay with her family's SEVEN dogs)
Antonio- braai with host family, drove at night and looked at the stars (got a little lost along the way)
Braai with Tony's host family
Little guy patiently waiting...
Jing & Jari- Went to game city and wrote postcards home, attended the braai at Mma Bianca's house, drove with some of the college summer abroad students to Kanye (a village about 2 hours outside of the city) to drop them off at their home stays for the week, visited a temple and had dinner there
This is Pelo. It means "heart" in Setswana. She's Base's daughter. Base is the program coordinator here (we all love her).
Can you guess whose tiny shoes those are?
I wonder if Kanye will ever go to Kanye.
Purity- bonding time with family, went to see Serefina (a documentary on the African Child Day) at the movies. (No photos--sorry!)
Chloe & Katie- went to see Serefina (a documentary on the African Child Day) at the movies, shopping at Game City, braai with extended families, ice cream! (No photos--sorry!)
Day 8: Back at UB to present group projects!
Told you I'd update you on the group projects!
Group 1: Kalahari Conservation Society (Will, Abby, Emily & Purity)
- Founded by a group of tourists and supported by President in 1982
- Largest game reserve in the country
- "Kalahari" means "Great thirst"
- Oldest environmental NGO in Botswana
- Runs on grants and personal donations
- Located in Block 398
- Challenges since opening
Group 2: BirdLife Botswana (Eliza, Amelia, Chloe & Jack)
- 1980 BirdLife became a club
- By 2000 it was an official organization acknowledged by the government
- 25% of land in Botswana is registered as "bird reserves"
- Largest wetlands are in the northern part of country; the Delta and Chobe. (We'll visit the Delta!)
- High rates of developing land is taking away habitat for most birds (majority nest on the ground)
- Cattle and elephant migration destroy nests/ kill non-matured birds before they are able to lay eggs
- Increased use of fertilizer/pesticides
- Lots of birds are killed for medicinal purposes, game/sport/fun
- 582 bird species identified
- Club also runs programs in schools to education youth on poaching/ spreading and raising awareness
Group 3: Somarelang Tikologo (Antonio, Katie & Alex)
- NGO founded in 1991, mission is to help increase recycling efforts and waste management
- Founded by 3 UB lecturers
- Help support and share the idea of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
- They have an onsite recycling system that people can drop off plastic waste (at no charge). Waste is then transported to Zimbabwe or South Africa.
- Goal is to develop an eco park!
Lastly, we're heading to Mokolodi (a village about 30 minutes outside of Gaborone) early Tuesday morning. We'll be camping (don't worry if they didn't bing a sleeping bag--we'll have massive amounts of blankets), going on nature walks and game drives, visiting a reptile park with snakes and cheetahs (no idea why cheetahs are considered reptiles but we'll got with it), having dinner by the fire, and NO WIFI.
- We'll return to the city late on Thursday (about 5pm our time) so don't be alarmed if you don't hear from your kiddos. We'll try to post something Thursday night on the blog but no guarantee (depends how late we get in/ how sleepy I am).
- We leave early Friday AM for 7 days on the road, visiting the delta and other areas of Botswana. Wifi will be sporadic for the next week but students will be back at their home stays the night of June 29th.
- Jari and I will make sure to tell students tonight to check in with you all before we leave! Everyone is super excited to see some wildlife and be away from the city and wifi for a little. Lots of bonding time to come!
xo Jing & Jari