Even though my day follows loosely the same structure the actual things learned each day varies. This is just an example of what we do during training.
4:30-5:30 Neniko (my host mom) awakes and begins to sweep, feed the animals, and make breakfast.
5-6 I awake an lay in bed and try to determine what is being made for breakfast and when it will be ready.
6-6:30 Neniko, my host sisters, and I eat. We might have rice and eggs or pancakes or bread with bananas and peanut butter.
6:30-7 there is the general rush that occurs in most families in getting little ones dressed and out the door for school.
7-7:30 I help with the dishes, finish getting ready and head off to school myself.
8-12 we have language class in small groups. We started all learning Malagasy Official, but have since moved onto dialects.
12-2 I go back home for lunch. We normally have rice, beans, veggies and pineapple for dessert. Then I hang out and nap or read until it is time to go back to class.
2-5 we spend the afternoon learning about SRI (rice intensification), gardening, and other ag practices. We spend a lot of time doing hands on work like prepping and planting an SRI field.
5-6 I’m back home and playing with my host sisters while Neniko makes dinner. We draw, play clapping games, or run around.
6-7 We eat dinner together. Dinner is made up of a carb (or 3), protein, veggies, as fruit for dessert. For example rice, fried potatoes, tiny fried fish you eat whole, cucumber salad, and bananas. As 7 approaches my younger host sister is starting to fall asleep at the table.
7-9 I say goodnight to everyone and retire to my room. I journal, read, or study until I fall asleep at an embarrassingly early hour.