After school we carried on with the sports club and the maths help club, both of which were very successful. While some of the girls were waiting for their parents to collect them, they taught us their favourite hand clapping songs and routines, some of which we remembered from our own childhoods. 'A sailor went to sea', 'boom, snap, clap' and many others were a fun and relaxing end to a great day. The principal even filmed Rachel and his daughter doing 'soul sister number nine' and is going to put the video on YouTube. Ashley had been at home ill, but still managed to get the spoon for accidentally turning the shower on while fully dressed.
There was a melancholy mood at breakfast on Friday as we all knew Emily would soon be going home. After getting ready for school we all gathered in reception and said our goodbyes - Emily would be getting a plane to Delhi later in the day. As soon as we got to the school we realised how strange it felt to have a person missing from the team, even though we'd always known Emily was going to leave half way through the project. Now we keep checking we've got everyone because it feels like the group isn't complete.
It turned out the contractors didn't need all of us to help mix concrete and build the wall at the same time so we decided to help out in as many lessons as we could. During the day we ended up teaching English and assisting in maths, science and music lessons. I think we all enjoyed the more varied work when continuously switching between construction and teaching and are looking forward to next week when we're on the timetable for more lessons. We also taught some lessons when the teachers were busy doing other things around the school so classes were left with no teacher. I found these classes the most challenging as we had no plan at all and had to try and come up with an interesting and informative lesson at a moment's notice.
By the end of the day we were all exhausted and ready for the relaxing weekend ahead of us. Over dinner we decided that the spoon would go to Rebecca for filming a millipede crawling around for two minutes.
Saturday was Raksha Bandhan, a celebration of the relationship between brothers and sisters. The buses were all free for women so they could go and visit their brothers and give them gifts. The brothers then give their sisters gifts in return. We all thought this was a really sweet celebration, but didn't realise that it meant a lot of women had taken the day off work and that meant there were not enough staff at the spa we wanted to go to. However, we walked into town and managed to find a spa which was open. We spent the day getting pampered with papaya facials, head massages and much more. It was a lovely relaxing oasis in the middle of a busy town centre. However, I do want to apologise again to Joey who waited patiently for us all to finish our treatments, although he did get his own head massage and a slightly different hairstyle.
After going back to the guest house to freshen up and change into our suits (and take just a few pictures in front of the mountains), we headed to The Lounge. The volunteer group we met at the start of our trip had recommended it as a restaurant which served western food. Although we are all loving the food here, the pizza and pasta was a change from our usual curry and dahl and was appreciated by everyone. Lily received the spoon for deciding she didn't like the long sleeves on her suit and altering it herself.
We had a lie-in and a relaxed day on Sunday. Everyone was happy to just walk around town and visit a few shops before returning to the guest house to prepare for another week's volunteering at the school.
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