The day started off with a farewell, as we bid goodbye to our counterparts in Teringai and went on our way with anticipation towards Tumunda. The van was heavy with loaded gift boxes while our hearts were light with excitement, all 13 of us took a restful nap in the van in preparation for the busy day. (Though a bumpy road made it slightly harder to fall asleep!)
We were greeted warmly by the teacher-in-charge, Katrina (affectionately referred to as Cikgu Kat), as she took us on a tour around the school’s campus. We were shown the hostel, the wide green football field, the quaint home that was to be our accommodations for the next 2 busy weeks, and the school itself. As the students are only expected to arrive tomorrow morning, we had the run of the campus for the rest of the day, allowing us to get used to our new surroundings. Our final stop of the tour was the canteen.
We were treated to a scrumptious lunch made by the canteen’s staff, with delicious home-made food filling our hungry bellies. The staff on hand were very friendly, with one of our own Charisman getting a complimentary cup of hot Milo just because! The security that was present also ensured we were made to feel as safe as possible, as they took down all our names and made sure the locks on our humble abode was working as smoothly as possible.
We began preliminary preparations for the day tomorrow, ensuring all our materials were in their proper place and every Charisman was briefed properly on their roles. We then unwinded and bonded with a relaxing game of volleyball, working up quite a bit of a sweat attempting to keep the ball in the air for a record number of times.
Dinner was served swiftly after, this time with spicy fish to spice up our taste buds.
Cold refreshing showers to wash off the grime and sweat of the day followed soon after, as we made use of the hostel’s facilities to clean up both ourselves and our clothes.
We began work on a demonstration model of a newspaper wheel (an ice breaking activity we would carry out the next day) in our home, which took quite a bit of effort as we wanted to ensure the example that will be shown to the kids tomorrow to be as close to perfect as possible.
After finishing, we stayed up (but not too late! as the children are coming in early the next day) playing card games like Uno. All in all, for day one in a new environment with so many new personalities, it was an incredibly fun day.