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The following post is courtesy of Leslie Duling, a Peace Corps Volunteer and Mochudi Teen Club Volunteer:
Mochudi Teen Club Goes for a Swim!
In March, Mochudi Teen Club members ventured outside their modest village to visit the capital city, Gaborone, for a special occasion – a pool party at the Maru-a-Pula secondary school! Most kids in Mochudi Teen Club rarely, if ever, get the opportunity to swim, so there was great excitement for the trip to Gaborone. Earlier in the year, the teens voted on which activities they wanted to do in Teen Club, and swimming was one of the most popular choices. Not surprisingly, a record number of teens turned out for the event!
At the pool, two adult volunteers assisted the teens in learning how to swim and playing such games as “Marco Polo” and volleyball. Two Teen Leaders from Gaborone Teen Club also assisted with the pool activities. One of the teens from Mochudi exclaimed, “I am very excited to finally go swimming!”
After a few hours of fun, the teens proceeded to have lunch as well as conduct Teen Leader elections. After receiving information about what it means to be a good Teen Leader, 3 girls and 2 boys were nominated for the election. Each candidate was interviewed by the Adolescent Support Officer and two Teen Leaders from Gaborone Teen Club. The interview consisted of questions regarding their reasons for wanting to be leaders, any obstacles that might keep them from leading well and how they would overcome them, what they would like to see happen with Mochudi Teen Club in the future, and how they could be good role models for the other teens through healthy behavior and adherence to their medications. Each of the Mochudi Teen Club members voted for one boy and one girl and, ultimately, two boys and two girls were selected to lead the group. One of the newly elected Teen Leaders from Mochudi said, “I’m proud to represent Teen Club and to help other teens to take care of themselves and have fun.”
Following the election, all the teens went out for ice cream to celebrate another successful and enjoyable day with Teen Club!