After being in Cape Town for about a week now, I have loved every bit of it. So far, my favorite experience in Cape Town was working with my internship on Thursday. I am working with the YMCA Youth Development. With the YMCA we go to one of the schools during the school day to teach kids about economics. Then after school is out we go back to the YMCA and help the kids with their homework, sports, arts & crafts, music and more things. On Thursday, a few people in my group and I went to a local school in Athlone, Cape Town. At this school we were able to teach fifth graders about economics.
It was shocking teaching fifth graders about economics because I did not learn anything about economics until my senior year of high school. Economics was extremely confusing to me so, for a fifth grader to be learning about economics and the kids understanding the basics of it was interesting to see. After teaching the kids about economics, we went back to the YMCA where kids were showing up to have fun. I met a young girl named Carmen at the YMCA that stuck with me until my time there ended that day. We played basketball, did a group activity game, and made a paper boat together.
During all those activities, I was able to have fun and get to know Carmen. She is a shy young girl, but I hope within the next few weeks she will become more comfortable with me. Overall, my experience at the YMCA for the first week has been good and I am looking forward engaging with the children and creating bonds with them.