The group were all brought together outside in the glorious heat. After a hearty rendition of 'There was a moose' led by Anton the group shook hands with everyone, exchanging names, hobbies and what they thought of their country. The hobbies were largely dancing and singing, which was proved by how they interacted with the games later on. Everyone from St Mary's commented on how their favourite thing in South Africa was the weather.
It became quickly apparent that they wanted us to feel welcome - no matter what we had planned, no matter what Lu had said about the area or the township, this group wanted to play and they wanted us to feel like they were learning from them. Ok, so maybe we didn't get to a lot of the more structured Drama exercises we had planned. Maybe we planned for 4 hours and only did 1, but we learned some valuable things.
1. You can't plan. You can be prepared but you have no idea what may happen.
2. The group want you to learn.
3. There is just as much enjoyment and learning to be done in chatting and listening
4. Timing is never what you expect. Dinner at 11.30 happened at 1. 'South African freestyle'.
5. Music is infectious. And the group were much more used to this as part of their culture than we may be.
6. If you wear sunglasses expect them to be taken........