Saturday, August 06, 2011

Finn's last day...

In the morning, while the rest of the team were treating the camp volunteers to back-rubs and hand and foot massages, I took the younger members to the orphanage. They did a half an hour "presentation" with dances, and dramas. The kids really enjoyed it:












We followed that up with games outside with the bigger kids and indoor crafts for the younger ones. I was so busy translating inside for them that I didn't manage to get any pictures of the activities!! The kids really enjoyed themselves, as did the volunteers. The Finns also left me some more craft materials so we can go next week with local volunteers and have a craft time with the kids again. It is still school holidays for another month and now that they are back from Italy (they go there for a month through another organisation) they have nothing going on and get bored easily, so it is a great time for us to go and give them something to do...

In the evening we held a "Finnish Cultural night" at the Ihtus Centre. Here is the team singing a traditional Finnish song to start off the evening:
They did other dances and talked outside about cultural stuff before we headed indoors for a slideshow on Finland. I learnt a lot of new things about this country! Here is Timo with Ljilja translating for him:
 And everyone listening very carefully! 
We then returned outside for Finnish food: which included "salmiakki" - which they can keep in Finland as far as I am concerned ;-) It is salty liquorice for those who don't know!! Luckily they also have Finnish pancakes with Finnish jam, which was delicious, so that made up for the salmiakki!

They then treated us to a very traditional Finnish dance which includes them sneezing during it!:
Atishooooo....











And then a dance we could all join in...
Then it was time to say a very sad "hyvä matka" (bon voyage) to our old and new friends...
Me with Noomi, Krista, Ljilja, Kesia, Eliska and Joona
The team left very early this morning to catch their flight back to Finland, and even though they were with us only one week, they definitely left an impression on our hearts, and I think we on theirs...

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