I have had a great first week in Batiki! It has been pretty hectic but I have really enjoyed it! I have been helping out in class 1 and 2 at school this week (6&7 year olds) which is tiring but definitely rewarding. I have taught them a rhyme “Little Betty Blue” and we have put actions to it. We have also read & recited a story-book together, played the ‘colour game’ which they really enjoy and we’ve done some addition and subtraction. I have had the class to myself a few times as the teacher (Madam Louisa) had to supervise an exam.
The children are really enthusiastic, sometimes they just pluck random answers out of thin air, but after helping them and showing them ways of working questions out, they have improved loads! I have also been teaching the children (and the teacher!) to play the recorder which they love! We have a 50 minute trek to and from school each day through the rainforest which is quite tiring but there are spectacular views over the whole island when you climb the hills.
On the evenings, we have done basket weaving, which was really fun, had a quiz, and I have been socialising with my family, especially Caroline who is 20 years old, as well as Rapeni (14) and Alisi (7), who are all really nice. Tomorrow my Fijian mum is going to teach me how to make bracelets and rings (woven with palm tree leaves), as she made me a bracelet yesterday and is making us rings today for the hop-hop later! So overall I am having a brilliant time – see you all soon!