Sorry it has been such a long time since I’ve written! We finally have Wi-Fi :) Today has been a very successful day. For the past week, all of the interns have been gathering in the University of Energy and Electricity, which is just outside of Libreville. Now we are working in our teams and preparing our sessions. Jordi, the Board Director of Discover For Orphans by FoundImpact, has had many sleepless nights making airport runs, running errands for us, and arranging meetings with potential sponsors. The project manager for this specific program will be arriving this week, which will alleviate some of Jordi’s stress. Today 2 other interns and myself accompanied Jordi into the center of Libreville to Pmug and the Gabonese Red Cross. We spoke to Pmug, a sports lottery company, to discuss financial support, and the Red Cross, to ask for desensitization and humanitarian aid educational lessons. We will begin working with the Red Cross next week, which is very exciting. The Gabonese Red Cross was established 1.5 years ago but is growing rapidly in the country. After talking to the Director, it was really inspiring how much aid they have already applied in their first year of operations. Volunteers are clearly eager to assist when catastrophes occur and I think we will learn a lot from the sessions.
So far life here has been so great. Most of the time it feels like summer camp. We all live in a house together with 2 to a room. I’m staying with Charlotte from France and she is the cutest. We have routine breakfast at 7am, lunch at 12pm, and dinner at 7pm. Luckily there is always delicious fish and vegetables to eat! Between those hours we are either working on our lesson plans, exploring the city, playing sports outside, messing around, or sleeping. Time here is almost non-existant and just seems to slip away. It is common to say that Africa operates with “Africa Time.” Things here just happen more…slowly…and sometimes not at all. There is a saying “We have the watch, but Africa has the time.” Some of the interns’ patience has been tested adjusting to this new culture, but truthfully, I’m really enjoying it. It is part of the culture, the experience, and is less stressful than normal American life! Each part of the day is much more enjoyed. Here I feel like I am really living in the present.