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Day 3: Kick Ball for the Kids in Chikumbuso

On the first day of my visit at Chikumbuso I loved it. The kids are great and respectful to their classmates and new visitors. Yesterday Ms. Elizabeth assigned groups of kids for the first group. On the way there a kid asked me if he could carry my bag and I said sure. So we all walked to a big wide open dust storm soccer field which was great for kick ball but not for wiffle ball because the wind was too strong and dry.

During this session I told the kids how to play kick ball. The first step, Kelvin and I split up into two groups instead of one. Next, I taught the kids how to play kick ball. Lastly, we put one group of kids at home plate and the other group of kids in the field. Then we say play ball! Some kids were very excited when they saw us set up. So the pitcher rolled the ball and the kicker kicked it while we were setting up the game. After we told the kids not to do that anymore I stood in front of the pitcher so the kicker wouldn’t kick the ball. It was hard for the kids to understand what I was trying to say because we were using a translator. While we were playing the kids were having fun and laughing. To me that is the most important thing in life. Yesterday we had one more group left which was very tiring but I loved it.

The second day at Chikumbuso was the best. We had two sessions in the morning then we ate lunch and David and I played/taught Dodgeball. Then we had two more sessions of kick ball. At the end of the day there was dancing and singing which the LearnServe group joined in. They dance and sang because they were thankful for us being there and for the plastic bag donations that we brought. I recorded a lot of dancing and singing for my slide show presentation. We also had a tour of Chikumbuso. I am telling you this day had a lot of walking.

Hi Mom and Dad thank you for letting me go to Zambia. I know it was rough letting me go but just to let you know I am fine, and I did not get sick and don’t have bug bites yet. The plane ride was okay. The first trip to London was a lot better when I had to take another plane ride. For some reason I did not go to sleep on the second plane and that plane ride was 12 hours long. I have been keeping track of my days in my journal just for your information, because I remember that you told me that I would forget. Thank you for all your help I am enjoying myself a lot.

2 thoughts on “Day 3: Kick Ball for the Kids in Chikumbuso

  1. It is wonderful that you could teach others games that you like to do.
    You are right when you say that laughing and having fun is one of the most important things to do. Everyone needs to enjoy life.
    Their dancing and singing for you all is what they had to offer as a gift to you. I am so glad that you enjoyed it. Linda Wilkinson

  2. Hey Courtland!

    It sounds like you’re having a lot of fun and getting a great experience! I can’t wait to hear all about your time there, if not from you then from Alex! Have a safe flight home! ~Mariadina

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