Day 2: The work begins
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Our wake up call comes at 5:30 (not necessarilly what you think of when going on vacation) and we are up in time to watch the sun rise over the Indian Ocean, making the early call worthwhile. Grabbing my personal tools I meet the other folks from my University (only 4 of us) and we hop on a shuttle to the work site. Its about a 30 minute ride to the worksite. The site is actually an area that was once demolished by the appartied government in an effort to prevent people of different ethnicities and races from living in the same neighborhood. This week we would be building houses for families who were Khoi-San, Zulu, etc. and using voluteers from the US, India, Korea, Durban and many other places.
At 7:30 they call for a devotion for the day and we all walk down to our work sites which looked like a slab of concrete. We had 5 days to make it look like a house and from there it would be turned into a home. Day one was one of my most exciting days as we constructed the exterior walls. To do so we laid bricks which out of the 30 volunteers on our site 2 had laid bricks before. So we were all learning and by sundown we had four walls with windows and a door. We were well on our way.
That night we began our tradition of going down to the American resturant and requesting the same waitress every night to share our day with her and get more information on Durban, what it was like growing up and on South Africa. Everything from school to fears about HIV. After the work site, this was our education in Durban.