Thursday, August 8, 2013

Preparing for the exhibition

We're getting there folks...the end of this journey is in sight. Yesterday was our last day working in Kenneth Gardens, today was the last day of data analysis for the photovoice project with the Brettonwood students, and tomorrow starts our last full weekend in South Africa before takeoff. Many conversations these days involve talking about how sad we will be to leave and how strangely the time has passed since our arrival. For me, it's going all too fast. When I look back through my photos and video footage from this trip, I'm amazed at how much we have done in such a short time. Honestly, it's unbelievable.

Today, for the first time since we arrived, we had about an hour to spare in the middle of the day. These three wonderful women (Lisa, Chiedza, and Nomonde) decided to play a game involving dares/tasks picked out of a pile of small strips of paper. This round involved Nomonde dancing and the other two mimicking her every move. One thing I've learned on this trip: if you ever need some cheering up, these three are always prepared to spread the joy.

When the Brettonwood students came to the university today, we had a spread of tea, fruit, muffins, and candy prepared for them.

Our whole group including VCU, UKZN, and Brettonwood students worked very diligently today for almost three hours to talk about the Brettonwood students' photographs and decide which images should make the cut into the exhibition which will take place next week. I was blown away by the students' thoughtful and respectful discussion, and patience pushing through today's work.

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