Part 12: Final days in Warburton, the end of a great adventure.
Well I am almost at the end of my adventure out here in Warburton! As I type it is the morning of my last day at school. I can not believe it is the last day already! I have been awaiting this day for ages, counting down, visualising, anticipating, and finally, I am here.
The feeling is bittersweet however! I have had such an eye opening experience out here on the lands. I have learnt so much about myself, aboriginal people, how they live and the way they learn. This experience is certainly not for everyone, but I feel like I have made the very most of it. I made friends outside of school with community members, even local aboriginal elders a little bit. I got chatting to an elder lady after school yesterday, I even gave her my uneaten sandwich, which she was grateful for, and she told me a story about one of her paintings. I then later went to the gallery and had a look at it. At one time in the past, she asked to paint on a massive canvas, and I mean BIG. 4m by 2m at least. And she completed the painting in a quick time, and now it hangs in the gallery proudly here in the Warburton collection. She felt compelled to tell her story. To paint and express and pass on her wisdom, and I really admire her for this.
I have loved all the photography opportunities out here. I love the countryside and have been snapping away at so many beautiful landscapes. Go along to my Instagram page @Ozolins813 for more of an insight to my photos. I do not post all of them here!
I have also really enjoyed being more creative out here. I was lucky to find a basic set of watercolour paints and have used those to create some beautiful artworks. I have felt really inspired by all the colours out here, and it has really translated to the pieces I have made. I did nearly 30 pieces of art! In Perth I would never do that much art in a month. Not having so many distractions out here has helped, and once I am home, I focus on finding things to do that keep me entertained, and art has been one of them!
I have been invited to submit some of my artworks and photos to a Latvian Art Exhibition which is being held later in the year in Perth. I am so pleased to have some works to contribute now and be a part of another exhibition.
I have also been practising my Spanish, which has been great! I have been using the Duolingo app and am surprised how far I have come with my written Spanish, I know I have improved. Speaking is another matter entirely different! But I hope it is doing my brain some good, flexing it in different ways.
And ofcourse, talking about my brain, I have not had anything to drink in the whole month that I have been out here. So that has been good to take an extended break from alcohol, reset and find other ways to entertain myself. There have been so many benefits about living out here!
I really do hope to return to the lands to Teach. Although the kids have been challenging to teach at times, I know they need help, and guidance and instruction and learning. Their literacy and numeracy levels remain very low, way below the level they should be at. Many still can not read and write, and high school kids are writing at a very basic level, about a grade 2/3 level I think. Persistence, patience and practise is what it takes. And I hope to keep coming out here to help them.
In the last few days, I managed to go out on a few more little road trips around town, play some more Dominoes, Yahtzee and Backgammon, and generally make the most of being in Warburton! I even played some table tennis which I love! This town continues to surprise me, and I can see how locals have stayed on for so many years. The red dirt gets under your skin. This way of life is so unique and different compared to city life, it certainly is the wild wild west.
I hope you have enjoyed my teaching experience vicariously through me over the last 4 weeks, it has been quite the adventure hasn’t it? I wonder where I will go next!? I am off to Europe mid June of this year, so I look forward to sharing with you those stories. I dare say I will return to the lands before then!
Cheers to living an adventurous life!