This morning, I was tossing and turning despite the fact that I was in a hotel and hadn’t slept in almost 2 days. I woke up almost every hour, and from 4:30 am until 6 am I did not sleep at all, it sucked. So at 8:15, our bus picked us up and drove us to the Global Area, where we were greeted by cheering teammates from Team 1. We were supposed to have 5 days of training, however we were informed when we got there that our first set of campers were arriving in approximately 40 minutes for an afternoon. So, we did introductions, got a quick tour of the (beautiful) facility, and then got to play with 70 kids ranging from 6-10 years old. They were adorable and their English was impressive, though they were very shy. I always asked myself when my Girl Scout camp songs would come in handy again… the answer is in Japan at USA Summer Camp; I sang Tarzan, Princess Pat, and Fred the Moose. We also played some games such as Crocodile Moré (sp), the Hand Tapping game, and Simon Says. It is amazing how much you can communicate with non-speakers of English using hand gestures and talking slowly. It was so cool to see the kids’ faces light up as they understood. One thing is that no matter where you are in the world, the end of the day, kids are just kids, and all they want to do is play, and have fun, and laugh. Kids are kids all around the world. It is a beautiful thing.
We ended the day with an American Carnival and water balloons, followed by an awards ceremony, where we all got to sign our autographs. We have an hour to chill before dinner, and then we will be having a fire. I honestly just can’t wait to sleep (however I am not looking forward to public showers tonight.)