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Driving to project on my first day I had butterflies the size of bats in my stomach. I had worked with kids before back in the UK and yet I was more anxious and nervous about meeting these 20 children than I have ever been meeting anyone. Upon arrival I got to meet the local teacher who is without doubt one of the nicest people I have ever had the privilege of meeting and he instantly made me feel like part of the team. Then came the children and within minutes the butterflies had disappeared, they were so excited to see me and were all so affectionate. I was expecting them to have their guard up with me as I was new and yet they had this incredible way of making me feel instantly welcome and completely at ease. Toilet time is one of my favourite times of day. I have never seen children get so excited to wash their hands and I never get bored of seeing their faces light up every time they make bubbles with the soap. They get equally excited about brushing their teeth; even one girl who doesn’t have a single tooth in her head will sprint to brush her teeth. Both of these facts seem strange to me, as back home the kids will do all they can to avoid brushing their teeth and washing their hands and yet these are the things these children look forward to most and it makes you realise how amazing they really are and how grateful they are for all that we do even if they don’t always know how to show it. Lesson time is always fun. It still astounds me that at the age of 5 and 6, how good all of their English is considering that it’s their second language. They can be a handful, but once they’re settled they become completely enthralled and will hang onto your every word. Whether it is learning numbers 1 – 10, the alphabet or colours, they want to learn these things and are elated when they get an answer right. When you see that flip switch in a child’s head and they understand something you have taught them it is honestly one of the best feelings in the world! I feel as though during my month with the kids in Cape Town they have taught me just as much as I’ve taught them. I’ve learnt to appreciate the little things and how grateful I am for all that I have in my life. The simple things that as adults we forget and take for granted, these children remind you of every day. I have loved every minute of my time with these children and am going to miss each and every one of them equally. They have changed my life forever.

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