I apologize for not updating sooner, but I have been so busy with training, moving into our new house, and starting work, that I haven't had much free time. I spent my first ten days in Cape Town in intern training with the other 25 interns. Training included many information sessions, a couple of lectures, and a soccer tournament and braai in Khayelitsha, a township right outside Cape Town. When training ended on the 14th, everyone left for their respective sites while the seven of us Cape Town interns moved in. Our house is a block from the ocean and about a mile from the Cape Town World Cup Stadium! It has a great upstairs balcony and is plenty big enough for us to live comfortably.
My job with Grassroot Soccer has been great so far. Although training was informative and helpful, it's nice to actually be putting my skills to work. I'm working in the Operations department with five different bosses, each of whom has a list of projects for me to complete over the year. I'm still getting into the swing of things, but the entire GRS staff is so awesome that I really enjoy going to work everyday! I'll write more specifics about my job as I sort out my year-long projects.
Aside from working long hours, I've been staying quite active. I bought a surfboard last week and have already put it to good use. Three of my roommates and I joined a UCT Club Soccer Team and we'll be playing with them 3-4 nights a week. I've also done a little bit of hiking, but as summer comes and the number of daylight hours increases I'm sure I'll do more. I'm also starting to train for a half marathon that I will run in a couple of months with a bunch of other GRS interns.
Thanks again for your continued support and I promise to post again soon.