When I give feedback to teachers, I always love to say a few things that I really liked about the teaching/lesson before I suggest a few areas of improvement.

I have just returned from a three-day trip to Arua with my colleague, Beatrice, for a meeting with one of our partner organisations. So let me start with a few things that I liked about our time away: 

The positive parts: 

  • We travelled with public transport and reserved the front seat of the van. Win! And… I got to wear a seatbelt! 
  • I had some great chats with my colleague. 
  • There was a jerrycan of water in my room to make up for no running water
  • My phone was fully charged when we had no power, so I had a flash light in our room. 
  • We had the foresight on the second night to order dinner and then ‘relax’ in our rooms so even when dinner took two and a half hours to cook, it didn’t bother us.
  • During the nine-hour meeting we had with our partner organisation I had a well-placed position and whilst I hoped it looked like I was taking down notes, I wrote ten emails, a reading assessment, a summary reading report, sample report card comments and had countless Whatsapp conversations. 
  • I bought a head-scarf for the return journey so my hair wouldn’t be in a knotted mess for only 2000 shillings (80c). I paid no attention to the design and when I got home Dan pointed out it was a marijuana leaf print. Oops!
  • I bought a jar of local honey for 6,000 shillings ($2.50). 
  • Spoiler alert (linked to a negative comment) I witnessed some pretty incredible creativity and ‘fix-it’ solutions to the road we were travelling on. 
  • The hotel/restaurant menu which was particularly humorous: I did pass on the ‘chicken bugger’ and the beef stroganoff made with goat. 
  • Being able to listen to six podcasts on a longer than anticipated journey.

What could have been better: 

  • The quality of the road construction which washed away along our journey. 
  • The solution to repairing the road that was washed away: let’s just dump dirt and rocks in that big empty hole and then we can drive across… and when it sinks a bit, just add more dirt. Repeat. 
  • The estimated five-hour journey which took nine and a half hours. 
  • The greeting I received at our gate in Gulu – a truck slipped and broke the entrance of our driveway/drainage area. 

One response »

  1. Jan Buchanan says:

    Jody, thank you for this post and for your previous ones. I’m glad you’re back on your blog! I am no longer your neighbour (relatively speaking). I left South Sudan in January and after traveling for some months to say a final thank you to my support team, I have settled in Montreal. I do very much miss being in Africa, but am thankful for where the Lord has placed me now. I appreciate continuing to hear about READ for Life and your family via the blog. The Lord’s rich blessings on both!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s