After some discussion around the quiz and the statisics we watched a video about talking to children about HIV & AIDS which the interesting idea of using condoms in art work to remove the taboo around them. Who have thought you could make a ball gown from condoms? Following the video we discussed the global, national, community and individual levels of action in the fight against HIV & AIDS. Finally we got around to choosing our social, Community Action Day (CAD), communications and Mid Phase Review (MPR) committees. After a complex system involving pieces of paper with stars on was abandoned I think everyone was reasonably happy with the result. I wanted to be on the CAD committee but ended up on the MPR instead which is okay. It will be just as useful for my organisational skills as we need to sort a venue, accomodation and travel etc for all 20 of us. After the GCD was over re regressed to being about 15 years old and headed to Harlow Town Park with some cans of cider and beer. However we did leave before dark and clear up our rubbish.
Saturday 4th April
Went for a lovely walk through Epping forest today with Christian and Kassym's host family. I spoke for a while to their host father, Neil, as he spent 12 years in the civil service as a programme manager having gone through the predecessor to the fast stream. We spoke for a bit about the fast stream but I didn't get to ask everything I wanted so I hope to meet him again. We finished the walk in the traditional english style of going to the pub where their host mum very generously bought everyone a drink. Tonight the group have gone to a band night at the Half Moon pub in Bishops Stortford. I however have a hell of a cold and feel rubbish so have opted to stay at home.
Sunday 5th April
Not much to report to today. It is a day of rest after all. Though I gave church a miss this week. They wouldn't appricate me coughing my way through the service anyway. Gulnara and I will be running the GCD in two weeks time and today decided on the topic of 'ways of lving with different cultures'.
The majority of Team 93 in Epping Forest