Today we split into our two groups again. Group One went to the school to teach some joyful and enthusiastic children. The classrooms we taught in had sometimes over 40 students, although the class capacity was bigger than our usual Australian size, they all showed outstanding engagement when being taught about Australian culture. Things such as saying ‘Gidday mate’ and ‘put the snags on the Barbie’ were met with many smiles and giggles filling the classroom.
The other group travelled to the local IRC community where they were assigned the task of demolishing an old house, which will then be expanded to accommodate more people. Prickles greatly enjoyed helping with this task, as he loves making messes J
Once both groups finished it was time for lunch, which was a nice helping of rice, fish and vegetables. After lunch we were instructed to put on ‘clothes that you’re not afraid to get dirty’, and when we mean dirty, we mean head to toe covered in mud!
As we first walked down to the rice field we would soon be working in, we were aware of the pungent smelling mud that laid either side of us. Little did we know that we would soon be standing knee deep in it. The first step taken in the mud was sloppy and very unexpected, almost like quick sand. The sloppy and smelly brown substance engulfed our whole leg. As we walked deeper and deeper into the field everyone was starting to get used to the gooey mud oozing between their toes. We also became more familiar with the rancid smell whilst picking up handfuls of the mud. It also became clear that not only humans work in this field. The karrabul (cow) deposits its brown paddies and yellow waterfalls.
We worked for a total of 2 hours in the slushy rice field. After we had finished, the teachers said they had more hard work in store for us. You can imagine how we responded to that. But to our surprise we were taken to a magnificent waterfall that plummeted at least 30 metres and dropped into a fresh spring pool. The sight was extraordinary and not one of us wasn’t at least a little speechless at how beautiful our world can be.
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Joshua and Melina