First week in Ghayabari/surrounding areas
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So! The placement begins! We were welcomed by our host, bundled into his car and set off up the hillâ€¦not for long! We got a puncture about 2km from New Jalpaiguri stationâ€¦!! But luckily it was quickly fixed and we were back on our way! Through the forest, and up the winding, bumpy, pot holed road, every now and again being violently shaken about as the car navigated itâ€™s way over the Himalayan Railway tracks that snake their way along and across the road up to Ghayabari!
The views are beautiful, but it is a little bit scary just how close you drive to the edge of the road ďż˝" constantly thinking that you might be joining the views in a very ungraceful and messy way! After passing through many villages we stopped at Thindaria ďż˝" where
We were then shown to our room ďż˝" very nice! 2 beds and an en-suite bathroom with cold shower head and western toilet (no paperâ€¦as is customary in
On Tuesday 2nd March we were taken in to Kurseong by Mr Thapa to get some towels, scarves and all important mobile phones ďż˝" alas the internet was down! Bought phonesâ€¦and sim cardsâ€¦which didnâ€™t work. After much faffing about we eventually changed sim cards and were ready to get our timetables and start to plan some lessons! Teaching began tomorrow! In the evening we got to know the boarders a little better ďż˝" about 14 or so boys and about 6girls who all live with the Thapaâ€™s in the â€śbasementâ€ť of the school!
First week of teaching was hard. Discipline is a big issue ďż˝" especially with the dreaded class 2!! Their only form of negative sanction is the cane ďż˝" which is wholly un-useful for us as we wont hit the kids! Have resorted to asking other teachers to tell them off, using fierce tones of voice and making them stand against the wall (with limited success!)
Slowly but surely Kate and I are getting the hang of it! The discipline isnâ€™t sure a big issue in the little school (
One day, when at regal academy I got bundled in to the school bus, rather than the usual Siliguri ďż˝" Kurseong bus, only to get round the corner and be told that he wouldnâ€™t be moving until 1!! This was NO good at all as I needed to start teaching then! So, after several failed attemps and 2 buses passing us, a big Swaraj Mazda goods truck agreed to take me ďż˝" I was a little unsure, but there was another woman in the front and they seemed nice enough! [thereâ€™s a massive transport problem in Ghayabari because of a short cut road that goes through Rohini and misses it out so trucks often double up as taxisâ€¦or sorts] So I got in, it was a bit (very) squashed, and the guy next to me kept trying to look at my book and fiddling with my watch and occasionally putting his arm a little too close to meâ€¦but this is the Indian way! â€¦going along nicelyâ€¦and then it stops, in the middle of nowhere and everyone gets outâ€¦I tried to ask what was going on but the Nepali/English language barrier was too muchâ€¦eventually managed to get on another busâ€¦and an hour and 5km later I was home! Have to admit I was wondering if I was just going to end up as a headline â€śBritish Volunteer Lost in the Hillsâ€ťâ€¦=( but no fame for me this time!
- Been to 2 Indian wedding receptions (just meet and greet and get some foood)
- Hill walks
- Getting to know the boarders and playing with them
- Making roti in the morning (flat bread)
- Being squished on a bus
Anywho!! Will tell more about life, and