This week marks my fourth month of living in Albania and the end of the second month living at site. Fellow PCV’s hold summer camps for kids of various ages throughout the north and the south. I had the privilege of helping out with a camp held up north, near the city of Shkoder.
Miranda and I headed up north to Shkoder and then continued on to the beach town of Velipoja. The camp consisted of 13 girls, ages 15-18. We helped keep everything in order, played games and basically, kept them entertained!
We gave a mini lesson on nutrition and exercise one evening that went over really well. The health education in this country is seriously lacking and it was nice to get a chance to set some things straight with the girls. They were eager to learn more about what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to dieting and eating healthy.
It was refreshing to be part of a camp that was so successful. Talking with some of the girls was a neat insight into the minds of what its like to grow up here. The culture here teaches girls that their sole ambition should be getting married. However, these girls had goals of going to universities and building careers for themselves. I am discovering that Albania seems to be changing for the better. Avash avash (slowly slowly), but nonetheless, small steps in the right direction!