Showing posts from April, 2016


Dumelang Ditshomi!
Last week I distributed 253 teddy bears to the children at Tlhatlhane Creche, and the Grade R-3 learners at Dipere Primary School, all because of the generosity of the Mother Bear Project.

The Mother Bear Project is an organization that distributes hand-crocheted teddy bears to children all over Africa. Each bear is unique because they are made by different volunteers in the states, and the bears are completely free of charge to the children.
I contacted Amy from Mother Bear and told her about my learners and she quickly added me to the distribution list. Within weeks I received 253 bears (enough for the creche, and four grades at Dipere). The bears are made by volunteers and shipping costs are covered by donations so the children don't pay anything for the beautiful bears. The only thing Amy asks is that a photo is taken of every child with their bear so that the volunteers who make the bears can see the child that benefits from all their hard work. 
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Hiking the WILD COAST!


Welcome back to regularly scheduled blogging.

Two weeks of school break + unused leave days can only mean one thing... VACATION! Or as lovely South Africans say... HOLIDAY!

The Wild Coast is a section of coast in the Eastern Cape of South Africa between Port Edward and East London. Luckily we only hiked from Port St. Johns to Coffee Bay.

Recipe for hiking the Wild Coast:
Five days
Three 31s (my cohort)
Six 32s (the next cohort who are education volunteers)
One experienced guide to make sure you don't get lost and die
61km (~38 miles)
12kg bag (~26 pounds) to carry on your back
One porter to carry your bag for you on Day 4 & 5 after you get a horrible cold and can barely walk
Four local families to host you on nights between hikes
Countless mountains to hike up and down
Unimaginably gorgeous scenery
One pair of sunglasses lost the day before the hike
One left hiking shoe to conveniently lose the morning of Day 2, only to find in a random guys house who had invited ya&#…