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Jul 31, 2011 - Hugs are universal

Everything seems so unreal at the moment. Coach for College is now over and we are now on a bus back to Ho Chi Mihn for the night, then off to Thailand. Yesterday the kids had their soccer and tennis competitions along with an hour and half long game of jeopardy. The nice thing about it is that we had the AM and PM groups at the same time so the day was a lot shorter and a lot less tiring. The kids absolutely loved it, they all had lots of fun, but their emotions started getting the better of them. Some wouldn’t admit that their tears came...

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Jul 29, 2011 - The Big Competition Begins

This last competition is set up differently than the one from the 2 previous weeks. This one will last Friday and Saturday. The sport competitions are 50 minutes instead of 35 minutes, and the tests are cumulative. When we woke up this morning it was pouring rain like no other. True torrential downpour, it was actually scary because it sounded like at any moment the water would break through the roof and there would be a flood pouring down from the sky into the room where the 8 American coaches sleep. Of course that didn’t actually happen,...

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Jul 28, 2011 - Coaching/Teaching is over!

So today was my last day of teaching physics and coaching soccer. Boy am I glad it is over. This weekend will be fun since it is just fun and games. There is huge competition between all the colors and the kids are really excited. It was depressing though when some of the kids started to cry today knowing we all leave after this weekend. I kept trying to have them smile and be happy, I would let them play with my camera, wear my sunglasses and just go crazy, and it only helped a little bit. Haley was still sick today so I had to coach...

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Jul 27, 2011 - Last Time Teaching/Coaching Orange and Green teams!

It is so strange how real the fact that my time with Coach for College is about to wrap up. Today I taught physics and coached soccer for the Orange and Green teams for the last time. I ended up really liking a lot of those kids. The Green team in general started out really rocky. They were my least favorite group, especially when it came to coaching. The kids were extremley rowdy, obnoxious and borderline disrespectful. Haley and I had to scorn them a few times, and I know Lihn and Tommy at times were very fed up with them too. However,...

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Jul 26, 2011 - Halfway done with the last week's lessons!

It is so crazy that the program is nearing the end. The hours go by slowly during the day due to the demanding schedule, heat, exhaustion and just all around insanity, but the days have sped past. The kids are starting to realize it is almost over too, they have been walking around asking for pictures of us for them to remember us by. A lot of the American coaches today were talking about how we are all curious about how we have impacted the lives of these rising 7th graders. Did we help them realize their potential? Did we encourage them...

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Jul 25, 2011 - And there was rain

Today was a good day since it was not sweltering hot, it in fact, was raining. Not pouring, just a heavy sprinkle, so we played all our sports outside still and it felt great. I had exponentially more energy today than I had all last week. The lessons were really uneventful. The kids wanted to take pictures and listen to my iPod when Keith and I finished our physics lesson early. Except today, since it wasn't just shy of a million degrees outside, I didn't look outrageously sweaty in the pictures. Haley and I had the kids play "Red Light,...

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Jul 24, 2011 - Under the Red Hot Sun

This weekend was far more superior than last weekend, and it was well worth the super rocky and long bus ride. I don’t think the Vietnamese coaches had as much fun as we did since they aren’t huge fans of the beach to begin with, additionally, motion sickness was frequent amongst them. Yesterday we took a small ferry-like boat out to a cove an hour away. The island was breathtaking and the salty air felt amazing. We were lucky with the weather, it was hot and sunny all day long, except for a few clouds and some wind on the way over there...

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Jul 24, 2011 - Sunday Funday

So today for breakfast I got a little adventurous and opted for soup instead of eggs. So Vietnamese. Then we had to pack our bags and get ready for the long bumpy bus ride back to Hoa An (pronounced hoy (like in Spanish) ann, learned this weekend I had been pronouncing it wrong all time). We went to the street market first though. This market was nothing special and I did not get anything but some popcorn. The bus ride was uneventful, 2 Vietnamese coaches got sick again. We stopped halfway at the same supermarket we stopped at on Friday...

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Jul 22, 2011 - Vietnam won the war

I may have won battles with dehydration throughout the week - even going on a run Thursday after dinner, but Vietnam came back from behind and kicked me in the ass on Friday. I all but nearly collapsed from heat exhaustion during the camp and had to have the bus come pick me up so I could lay in bed the rest of the day, until it was time for the 4.5hr bus ride to the beach for the weekend. The sickness I felt yesterday was nothing in comparison to how I felt Monday-Thursday, however, this was a much shorter lived illness. I feel fine again...

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Jul 20, 2011 - Dying in the heat

Word has gotten around the camp that after our physics lesson, Keith and I will sing a song. We did it once for fun yesterday in the afternoon, but now the kids are demanding it, and the song requests get more and more elaborate. However, we always just stick to “If You’re Happy and you Know it” because that way the kids get to participate a little bit by clapping their hands or stomping their feet with us. After the kids are satisfied with our song they then just take our cameras and my sunglasses and run amuck. These kids are camera...

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Jul 20, 2011 - Vietnam has drained me

Literally. Laura called a doctor about my sickness and he said that I definitely have a case of dehydration and my body is taking a while to recover and start accepting the nutrients and things I need, I guess. Whatever, it makes sense to me, and I don't care what it is as long as I feel better ASAP. Too bad we ran out of the propel packets Laura gave us yesterday. Everyone loved them, they just helped us all tolerate the sun a lot better. Ashley has electrolyte packets that are literally just packets of salt so you need things like propel...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Sick in Nam = no fun

Our group had a spotless record in sicknesses minus a few nasty bug bites and people not going to the bathroom. Until yesterday. While I do not know if it was what I ate for lunch yesterday or dehyrdration or what, but I got incredibly sick in the afternoon yesterday. I was feverish - wearing my hoodie with my hood up and curled under blankets in the sweltering humidity. I could not move without feeling horribly weak, achy and nauseas. Obviously I did not go to the afternoon session of camp yesterday but laid in bed praying for a feeling of...

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