Here comes the shms……..

shms is sun in both Darija and standard Arabic… if my Beatles reference wasn’t understood!

SO* here we are! Heading into our second year… our group is lucky enough to get to do three spring camps! WAHOO! Wait, what is spring camp do you ask?

Well… it can be done a variety of ways. The camp is usually an English intensive camp put on by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The camps are usually manned by both Peace Corps volunteers and Moroccans and can be day camps, overnight camps, two weeks, one week, an afternoon camp- the possibilities are ENDLESS!

After finding out that our camp was moved from Larache to our train town, El Ksar el Kebir, we were a little less excited. Our mudir kept saying that there is no place for the kids to stay. Then last week, we heard that the camp was cancelled altogether. Now, we could have headed out to help with another camp- but what kind of volunteers would we be if we didn’t at least try* to create a little something out of what was now, nothing? So, we suggested an  afternoon camp, from 4-630. Although, as of Sunday the camp had turned into 3-7, we shall see what times we will actually be doing the camp! The first week will be level 1 and 2 English students and then inshallah the second week will be levels 3 and 4. Wish us luck!

During this part of our service, the emotional rollar coaster that we are riding (aka the cross cultural adjustment curve- which is similar to the chart below- borrowed from another blog). The chart says we are supposed to be in a low part of service- or crisis. We are emotionally jaded, have adjusted but we still have an entire year left, and may or may not be missing family and friends.

Luckily, to help with this crisis the sun has been out for almost 3 FULL* days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am hoping that this April is not like our last April (see cold, freezing, snow, and unprepared).

Also…. a little bit of sunshine (and to help with the crisis)  in my life, found this at souk! WOOT!

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Can I help it if I subscribe to retail therapy anywhere* in the world?!

Also, a positive- 50 days until I head home to attend my BESTIE’S WEDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ll leave you with the reminder about April being Sexual Assault Awareness month! I hope to be doing a more in-depth post about this!!!

Love to all!

 

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2 thoughts on “Here comes the shms……..

  1. Amber –
    I enjoyed reading your note. Sorry, it has taken me a while to get on board. Hopefully, I will be able to view these regularly. Take care and enjoy.
    Uncle Michael

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