On 3rd October 2012, I joined my first class. Nervousness was present . It was the first time I was doing such a job. I was so stressed out (maybe more than necessary) that I ended up there too early. I had to wait. Yet it was worth waiting. The atmosphere changed at once when the first children started to come. Their giggling, teasing, naughtiness and of course Cedric’s and Matthieu’s presence and support, it was just amazing. That atmosphere that was created by those fun loving children was just out of this world if I could say. One may say I am exaggerating but it was something that I hadn’t felt since I had stopped helping in a kindergarten near my house. Well, the guys were a bit turbulent like most of the guys of that age but it was fun seeing them teasing each other, playing around and discussing about which animal each of them were. It was worth seeing. I was quite amazed at their way of opening up so quickly to us. When the lesson began, we made the presentations. I was once again surprised at their avidity to learn English.
I would say that I am not teaching those kids. I am maybe helping them but it is more of a sharing. I am also learning form them, getting experiences. I would encourage people to join in. This experience, these moments are truly worth it. The time we spend with the children during the lessons creates a bond. A strong one holding us together to eliminate the difficulties. I am really glad I joined Eli Africa. I feel like growing up.