Saturday, September 5, 2009

the first real day

The first two days are the hardest. If that is true then today and tomorrow will be the worst.

So far it is kind of true. The work at the orphanages is super easy: sure I'm tired after but you would be too if you were looking after eight 2-3 year olds for 5 hours in the morning and then seven 4-5 year olds for 5 hours in the afternoon. I have no problem with the orphanage work, at least so far. Some weird Ecuadorianisms (or at least orphanage-isms) are as follows:
  1. The little kids eat normal food, not baby food. They drink out of adult sized cups and bowls and use adult size silverware. And, for the most part, they don't spill!
  2. They don't use wipes when they change the kids' diapers. If they are just wet you change the diaper and don't wipe them at all. If they are poopy you wipe most of it off with the diaper then put their bums in the sink (the same sink they wash their hands in, PS) and wash the rest of it off. You can wear a latex glove. Then you dry them off with a towel used for just this purpose and put on a new diaper. I did this today.
  3. The kids wear tons of clothes. Every morning they wear a onesie, a shirt, leggings, pants, socks, shoes, and a jacket. They are worried that if the children are underdressed they will catch a cold.
So yeah, the kids are totally chill and I like them a lot. The voluntarias... well, they are girls. Mostly from Utah... Culture shock again, let's just say that. Oh my life.

I have made friends with this girl whose name is Whitney but goes by Nigel (can you see already why we're friends?). We had a nice long talk today about our shifts at the orphanages and boys and life and I like her. I am glad she is here.

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