Tsumeb! This week has been so full of up and down emotions between
finding out our sites, taking our language tests, getting the results
of our mid-training evaluations (we passed language with flying colors
by the way), meeting all the supervisors today, and heading out to
site on Saturday. I’m not sure how much more I can take!
Our supervisors seem really great. They are both women, the principals
of our two schools. My principal, Ingrid, will actually be our host
family at site – we won’t be staying with her, but we’ll be sharing
meals with her family and counting on her to show us around.
It was a little overwhelming to start talking with my supervisor about
all there is for me to do at the school. Before I knew what was
happening she had me teaching math, 4th grade English, phonics for
teachers, and leading Student Council (which I’ve never actually
participated in before). Whoa.
I felt better after we talked some more about the different needs and
problems at the school – I really do feel like I can help. But it was
definitely a reality check. I will be WORKING here for the next two
years; I’ll be RESPONSIBLE for important projects and subjects. People
are counting on me to have this amazing skill set and be able to
transfer that to my Namibian colleagues. I feel like expectations are
super high and I’m not qualified for all this.
On the other hand, I’m not sure I’ve ever felt qualified for any of
the jobs I’ve had. I just kind of jump in and learn how to do what
needs to be done by doing it. It’s a pretty stressful beginning, but
it’s worked so far.
I should say that Dylan was just really excited from his conversations
with his supervisor. One of the major problems at his school is the
math level – apparently students are passing every subject except
math. In Namibia (more so than in other places), math has the
reputation of being a difficult subject – so difficult you might as
well not even try. Dylan’s passion in teaching is to get students
excited about the subject and make it fun and accessible for them, so
he feels like this is just the right challenge for him.
So, prayer requests for site visit! First impressions are going to be
really important – both our first impressions of our schools (may we
not be overwhelmed and panic!) and our colleagues first impressions of
us (may they be excited to work with us!). We’ll need plenty of energy
since we’ll be interacting with Namibians in a new context a lot – in
our schools, in our host family’s house, in town, etc. We’ll also be
meeting our housemate for the next two years, another PCV, who I
really hope we’ll get along with. And finally, we have to make our way
back to training on our own next week. First time trying Namibian
Thank you, thank you to those who are praying for us. I know it makes