A glimpse into my days in Gawad Kalinga (GK) communities
I awoke to new sounds; roosters crowing, engines revving, birds in a never ending chorus of song and excited voices as they began preparing for a new day ahead. It was 5:45am and almost time for me to be waking in readiness for the first class at 7am. I lingered momentarily, listening again to the unfamiliar. It was time to get moving…
I could hear the excited chatter of the earliest students as they walked through the gate at Padre Pio School. The words ‘Australia’ and ‘bisita’ were evident in their conversations. They were expecting me! Then there was a practice of their greetings. “Good morning po. My name is ______. How are you?”
The bisita decided she should go outside to meet the ‘early birds’. They were Year 4 students who, although shy and uncertain about conversing in English, carefully recited their practised words. As they moved to their classroom to begin their day, I returned to my room to eat the breakfast provided. Little faces poked into the doorway watching me as I ate while others stopped on their way up the stairs to another vantage point, a small, open window. They were gorgeous, curious, smiling little faces. I waved and called out to greet them. It was going to be another beautiful day of firsts for me.
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