Lori, a repeat volunteer serving in Poland, talks about her last days teaching English to children at Reymontowka camp and the team’s sad good-byes.
Our last day! Time flew by quickly. Our day again begins at a great Reymontówka breakfast. We particularly discussed how this day would be different with the third and fourth hours being activity stations for which the campers could choose. When classes began again at 9:30 a major activity was the final preparations for the presentations each class would do for the evening program.
The fun began at 11:30 as students went to their chosen activities. Lori offered a Head Bands game during which campers had to ask questions to determine what object was pictured on the head band they were wearing. Jordan and Mark offered a tennis clinic. Everyone had fun knocking the balls over the net.
Marek Błaszczyk, Reymontówka Director, opened the program by welcoming the parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends of the camper to the program. He welcomed the Siedlce County Deputy Governor, noting she is attending the final program also in the role of a grandparent of campers. He then introduced the Global Volunteers who participated in the program, followed by introductions of all the Polish staff that were part of this camping experience. Then each class group presented a thank you poster and a Reymontówka T-shirt to their teacher.
The campers then provided a dance routine set to the music for the song, New York! New York!
Marek then attempted to close the program and invite everyone to the bonfire area for kielbasa and sad good-byes, but we interrupted him to say the program had one more song from the Global Volunteers – a surprise (niespondzianka). Joanna first gave a short speech expressing our thanks to all who helped us have such a wonderful experience at Reymontówka. Then we all sang the Linger Song, ending with singing one verse in Polish, something we were able to do with Joanna’s help. It was made especially special to all of us since we were surrounded by our students while we sang this. This only adds to a wonderful time at Reymontówka and to our sad good-byes…
Quiet began to settle onto Reymontówka except for the sounds of a birthday party being held in the skansen area.
What a great experience we all had together in Poland!
Message of the day: In honor and recognition of how everyone on the team has participated enthusiastically in camp activities–Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.. Attributed to Danny Kaye and shared by Lori