Hi there! I'm finally here in Manila, Philippines, and it's so amazing to be welcomed with countless hugs from the friends I've made on my previous trips here. I already miss everyone back at home, but it's nice to have a second home here.
After a brief couple days to settle into my apartment, I'm actually leaving this Sunday and going on the road for the month of November! Each week, for the next 3 weeks, I'll be in a different city and I'll be living with a different host family while volunteering at a local preschool/day-care for children in poverty. I've been asked to teach one lesson or activity each day at the various preschools...and I have just tomorrow (Saturday) to prepare! Talk about being thrown into the mission field head-first!
Also, while I'll be dropped off in each city by friends, I will actually not be working with anyone from my regular team during these 3 weeks. I'm going solo on this adventure. This experience will thus not only be great for some exposure to a variety of educational environments in the Philippines, but I'll also be submerged in Filipino culture and encouraged to make new friends. I will definitely be stretched to new limits this month. But on November 28th I will return to my apartment, and things will settle down a little. Don't be nervous if you do not hear from me much in the next 3 weeks, I will be in good hands with my host families. I will surely have some great stories after this adventure!!
Take care, and pray that I will have the energy and strength to serve the children I'll be meeting and teaching this month!