We’re coming to the close of the school year which means a lot of turn-over in the things I do all week.
Since about Easter time my weekly schedule has looked like this:
Monday morning starts off with a meeting in city center with all 8 YAVs and our coordinator Doug.
Monday evening is cross community. 10 kids from our community center and 10 kids from a community center in a Catholic neighborhood are bussed to a city run sports council in towards the city downtown. There the staff lead sports sessions, gardening, laser tag, and even orinteering.
Tuseday morning I help out at Child’s Play in Garnerville Church. This is a play-group for parents, grandparents and child minders who bring their toddlers to play.
Tuesday afternoons I help the afterschools program at the community center. Kids age 4 through 11 come along for games and crafts.
Tuseday evenings I’m back at the community center for the tuseday night youth club. Its sports, cookery, and sometimes trips out with kids 9 – 13.
About once a month I help across town at a primary school in Karl’s neighborhood (one of the other Y.A.V.s) We deliver the assembly message for their students – usually something along the lines of believing in ourselves and respecting others.
Wednesday afternoon I teach Spanish class to the 9, 10, and 11 year olds at Knocknagoney Primary School back up in my neighborhood. Usually simple lessons with games attached. Two weeks ago we learned to salsa and this week we learned shapes and colors with a giant home-made Twister mat.
Mom’s and Tot’s (similar to Child’s Play) fills my morning at the primary school. It’s run by a handfull of mothers with kids in the school who wanted a place to bring their toddlers for some time together.#
Afternoons are spent at the community center for more After Schools Club.
Friday starts with a prayer meeting at Knocknagoney Church of Ireland and then the day is open for anything else that might have come up throughout the rest of the week. (Painting new murals at the community center, special events at the school, etc.
Now that’s a typical week, but it’s worth noting that I have yet to experience a typical week. There’s always a special event or a holiday rescheduling that comes along and shifts the whole schedule. Its a variety packed job with something new and interesting around every corner.
Next week, for example, the 8 of us are going on our concluding retreat to the Iona community in Scotland. After that it will be the last week of the school year and then everything will change up again.