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The following post is courtesy of Pavlo Bereas, Volunteer Project Assistant at the Botswana-Baylor COE and Adult Volunteer for Gaborone Teen Club:
Mochudi Teen Club: Teen Leader Elections, Pizza and KFC Bags!
After one month of being with the team at Baylor and Teen Club, I was able to partake in my second Teen Club event. This time it was in the village of Mochudi just 40km north of Gaborone. I was joined by two of the Teen Leaders, BM and KK. They met me at the bus station in Gaborone where we boarded the bus for our 45-minute ride.
Once we arrived in Mochudi the three of us took a taxi over to Stepping Stones International, an NGO for orphans and vulnerable children where our Mochudi Teen Club events are held. It is a much smaller group in comparison to Gaborone Teen Club, but their enrolment numbers are growing, which is great news! When the three of us arrived, they had already begun their morning ice breakers. The teens were asked to walk around the room until Megan (an adult volunteer) asked them to stop. Once they stopped they were asked to find the person closest to them. Megan then listed off three things in a category. For example: watermelon, mango or bananas. The teens were asked to choose which one they would rather be and explain why to their new friend. It was definitely a fun way to get to know each other. After that we switched activities slightly and were asked to walk around the room acting out different types of people or scenarios. For example, “walk around the room as if you’re a really old person” or “walk around the room as if everyone around you smells really bad”. It was pretty hilarious, seeing everyone act out these scenarios.
After that it was time for something a little different this month. It just so happened to be election time for Mochudi Teen Club! Those who were running for the 6 Teen Leader positions had prepared speeches and were to present them to their peers before the vote. Unfortunately, I missed out on the speeches as I was assigned to kitchen duty, but BM and KK were around to take pictures of the teens giving their speeches.
In the kitchen I was asked to help make over 60 miniature pizzas for the teens’ lunch. The ingredients consisted of a local style bread (diphaphata), mozzarella cheese, onions, green peppers and bacon!!! They turned out pretty great and seemed to be a hit with the teens. After the elections were over, the votes were calculated and the winners will be announced next month. It was then time for clean up, transport money and a surprise gift. As KFC Botswana was generous enough to provide us with 400 sports bags for our teen members, we are able to distribute them to all our satellite Teen Clubs and this week Mochudi and Molepolole received theirs!
All in all, the day was a great success and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the Teen Club satellite sites!