Once I had arrived, one thing that kept me going were the children of the Oxford School. They have this amazing ability to cheer anyone up, their smiles are infectious and the fact that they were so happy to see me made any doubt in my mind disappear. It is amazing to see children who don't even have half of what I do at home come to school so happy and willing to learn - something that is possibly never seen in England! My first day at the school began with a welcome assembly, I had flowers put in my hair and the children all sang for me. I mainly spend my days with the Kindergarten class, who are constantly full of energy and laughter. They all love to have their photos taken and giggle hysterically when I show them the pictures that I have taken of them. The children began by calling me 'Angel' as a result of my incredibly fair skin, I expect for them it is something of a rarity to see someone as white as I - even at home I am the subject of many jokes due to my paleness. The older girls seem fascinated by my auburn hair and don't hesitate to stroke and pull at it whenever they pass me in the playground. Each morning I am greeted by shouts of 'morning ma'am!' and at the end of each day I leave to many handshakes and goodbyes. I am not sure they understand that I will still be here tomorrow but it is great to be around people who value my presence so much.
After almost two weeks here it is safe to say that I am already wishing that I could stay longer. The teaching is challenging, I did not realise that I could so patient! I enjoy it so much and am so happy that I came back and worked through my homesickness issues, it really is all worth it!