Pirate Blog — Toa Samoa

Tracking my Peace Corps Adventures in Western Samoa

August and Everything After

Posted by Igor Popstefanija on August 29, 2009

With my second school term drawing to a close, I am looking forward to the upcoming break. This last month has been both testing and rewarding for me. With the acquisition of the new computers, my school has been very accommodating to me, and has promised me an air conditioner among other things. The matter is now wrapped up in committees so I don’t know how long it would be, but it would greatly increase the life span of the computers. The trying parts has had much to do with the swine flu and the two weeks of school that we lost because of it. Many students coming back from their unplanned holiday had no interest in continuing school, and I had a very hard time getting them motivated again.

In other news, Leulumoega Fou College has a major renovation planned for this year. The reason has to do with the fine arts museum that is beig built nearby, but it seems as though it has been a long time coming. All of the school buildings will be torn down (I recently found out there is asbestos in the roofs). The buildings themselves are over 30 years old and in dire need of repair. This is also good for the computer lab, since expanding the size of the room is also being planned for. I’m guessing that the air conditioner and some additional electric outlets will also be a part of the renovations of the lab. They will be breaking ground when the school break starts, the week of September 7th.

Next month will be interesting. For one, my friends from home will be coming to visit, and I am very excited about that. Other than that, Samoa will have to deal with the road switch. I don’t want to go to much into it for fear of seeming to favor one or the other side (PCVs are required to remain neutral with regards to local politics) but I find it very interesting from a political science point of view.

The final project for my Year 12 computer students included creating a DVD cover for a movie that they made up. Some of them used ideas like a Samoa tourism video or a wedding video, while others went home and made copies of movies they had lying around. Instead of taking pictures from the movies themselves I had the students pose for pictures in the vein of the movie. Below are a couple of examples.

4 Responses to “August and Everything After”

  1. Tata said

    Just an observation – excessive use of word “my” in your text :-) [IMHO]

    • talofa lava ??????? o au o Tumema /alofa atu mo outou uma lava ae maise lau susuga i le puleaoga faapea foi le sui puleia Peniamiga.alofa le Atua ma puipui i lo outou soifua tofaina masoifua o alofaaga e le uma mai ia Tumema Vani.

  2. Gatto999 said

    Ciao from Italy
    :)

  3. Meki said

    The art school is finally getting a museum? That’s awesome. They were talking about it 10 years ago. It was so painful to see all of that beautiful work rotting in the elements or just piled up and shoved into small rooms where people couldn’t see it. At least when I left they were starting to put their work at Faleolo and in various buildings in Apia. They do such amazing work.

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