Emily Rishel

Emily Rishel

5/18/11

 Posted by Emily Rishel at 2:21 am  South Dakota  Comments Off on 5/18/11
May 182011
 

Yesterday morning was my orientation. We were briefly interrupted by a “pow wow” being held for the kids last day at school (which is today.) The pow wow was interesting, I hope to see another one before I leave. We then finished the orientation and had lunch, which was followed by a quick tour of the facilities. Then we worked turning the soil in the garden (my arms are sore this morning!)

After working in the garden, it was time for the kids to arrive. I worked in “The Main” yesterday, which is where the kids 4-12 come. We played in the gym for a bit and then moved to arts and crafts. They ate and then had more play time until 8PM. After they left, the rest of the volunteers and I cleaned “The Main.” Afterwords, I took a walk with two of the other volunteers, and we then watched Lion King via VHS.

Today I will experience the “Teen Center,” which is for kids 13-18.The weather is a bit depressing today. The sky is practically black and it is going to rain/storm any second. It is supposed to be like this for the next week… Ugh! Eagle Butte is definitely different. A very small place in the U.S. that many probably can’t even imagine- up until this point I definitely couldn’t.

I’m excited for June 1. This is when the hours will be extended for all of the kids and more events will be held. I’m looking forward to being a bit busier and getting used to this type of life.

I feel bad I’m having trouble getting used to this. I’m the volunteer here for the shortest period of time, but feel like I’m having the most trouble adjusting. I guess time will tell.

5/17/11

 Posted by Emily Rishel at 3:15 am  South Dakota  Comments Off on 5/17/11
May 172011
 

Travel day/first night has passed. It is different than I expected, but that’s what I’m here for, right? I met some of the children last night and they seem so sweet. I’m excited to see them again later today. The other volunteers are from all over- New Zealand, Germany, Michigan, New York and Texas. They all seem nice as well. They have been here for very long periods of time.

My orientation is at 9:30 (Mountain Time) this morning. Until the children are out of school they don’t arrive at the Youth Project until 4PM. We start working at 10AM usually, then take our lunch break noon-130. We then prepare for the children to arrive. They stay till 8PM and then clean. Starting June 1, the children will come at 1PM.

The weather is still questionable, but that’s May. This morning it’s pretty chilly and extremely windy!

5/14/11

 Posted by Emily Rishel at 9:50 am  South Dakota  Comments Off on 5/14/11
May 142011
 

My name is Emily Rishel. I am a junior at the Pennsylvania State University majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I am traveling to South Dakota to work on the Cheyenne River Youth Project to gain experience with young children in different circumstances than I’m used to. I look forward to my experiences over the next 7 weeks.

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