Today Brittany, Lindsay, Lincoln, Vedant, and I went into Port Louis for some free Wi-Fi while we await the fate of our office’s Internet. With faster Internet speeds we were able to take care of a lot of unfinished office business, so it was a productive day of behind-the-scenes work. We also had the chance to explore the capital city a bit—and directed by some Mauritian intel, we located some pretty fantastic roti for lunch.
We finished the afternoon by setting Lincoln up at his center in outskirts of Port Louis. It sat at the foot of the mountains, and all around us the roads crept up the mountainside. As different as the cars, shops, road-signs, and smells were, I felt back at home in a valley that reminded me of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
I’ll leave description of Lincoln’s first official day to the man himself, but I sat in for the first few moments of his class, and it was pretty inspiring to see these kids so ready to listen and so ready to participate. Also, the man running the center seemed incredibly invested in the well-being of his students and was thrilled to show off all the center brings them.
After a few technical difficulties at the beginning of this week—a problem with how well my problem could be implemented in my first center—I’ll be moving to another center beginning next week. That’s a great thing about ELI Africa, though: we’re always ready to adapt. I can’t wait to start my program with my students next week.