We did great!!
Tutored my students in language.
Had a good time working with the students.
Prep for teaching lesson
Practiced teaching lessons
Highlight of my week getting to work with my group and my fellow coaches
Today coming into St. Albans, I was not in the best headspace. The past week had held a lot of sad and stressful events for me and it was hard letting go of all of that in order to better connect/work with fellow volunteers and the seniors at the church. However, Nathaniel and Ife were extremely understanding and Nathaniel offered Ife and I Earl Grey and Vanilla Tea with honey and milk. I had never had it before, and it was amazing. Moving on, we set up the space like always (table setting, flowers and placemats, coffee station, schedule on the board, silverware on the food trays, etc.) and I greeted a few seniors as they walked in. Then Courtney, Nathaniel, Ife, and I discussed contemporary politics in the kitchen while prepping the food (more like they were informing me about recent events). Ife and I served lunch to everyone (I learned that the lunch had to be served according to order of table and that each table had a designated number). Afterwards, while some seniors were still eating, I talked to some of them about their day and politics, again. One woman is a retired English Professor from GWU, and another table of women I frequently go to, to get to know more about them, talked to me about their grandparents and hometowns, and how they all got to D.C. in the first place (old clothes washing techniques, marriage, religion, raising kids, race - it was all a part of the conversation). Finally, Nathaniel and Courtney showed Ife and I old rock n' roll, soul, and the start of rap and sad jazzy/blues-type music. One elderly man came over to join on the conversation and music. I showed Courtney some Afro-Peruvian music, then Ife and I cleaned up the space.