Tuesday (June 17, 2014) was a big day for the work part of this adventure. Our work location for this month is at the North West University Mafikeng’s campus, home to about 11,000 students. An NWU worker, Daniel, is charged with picking us up in the NWU bus each morning to bring us to work and take us home at the end of each day. After only one day, he’s starting to learn that getting 14 people anywhere is like herding cats, but he is patient and has a great laugh. North West University has 3 campuses and a broad set of programs, with our particular campus focused on Rural Development as this, along with Platinum mining, are the main drivers of the region.
We were greeted by the Rector and other University leadership and each smaller team presented our proposed work to the broader crowd. After months of prep work, we finally got to put that prep to practice and really start working.
In non-work related notes, we convinced Daniel to swing by the grocery store on the way home so we are not solely dependent on the lone restaurant at the hotel (which has good food, but 30 days of the same food will get old!). We also celebrated Valentina’s birthday at dinner at the hotel, complete with a cake we got at the grocery store and a sparkly paper crown for the lovely birthday girl!