Often WorldTeach participants will share small things that they enjoy about their placements. This week WorldTeach wants to share some thoughts by current Namibia participate Thaddeus Wolfe.
One of the things that I have enjoyed the most since arriving in Namibia has been taking care of all the neighborhood dogs that roam around the bush. Most of the dogs are quite skinny, surviving on scraps and whatever they can manage to find during the day. Some work together in packs to try to catch rabbits, which is quite something to watch, but I’ve yet to see any of them manage to be successful. Of the twelve or so dogs that roam around here, most know that my house is the place to get leftovers and dog biscuits, with a few brave, friendly souls now coming right up to the door to get a quick treat and a scratch on the head. One of the dogs has taken to walking me to school in the mornings, while another will hang around my house in the evening, acting as a security dog that barks at everyone who walks by.
There is a lot of downtime here, particularly when class is not in session, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to spend time with these four-footed members of the community. They have been a great escape from the stress that sometimes crops up at school, and a reminder that no matter where we may be in the world, or in life, we should always look after those who may not be able to look after themselves. Namibia has been everything that I expected it to be, and quite a bit more, and I’m glad that I have these guys to share it with.