In class today, we shared mind maps about our country and said information about it. My country is Syria. I am comparing and contrasting it with Sudan which is Sam’s country.
- North Africa, border of Egypt
- Population: 30,894,000
- President: Omar al Bashir
- Ethnics are 70% Arabic, but there are over 600 tribes
- Currency: Pounds
- GDP Per Person: $2,400 US
- Split into 2 countries, North and South Sudan. North Sudan granted South Independence
- Lots of oil fields in Sudan, but when they got split South Sudan had 80% of the fields. North Sudan unsure of what to do.
- Both have presidents
- LEDC (Less economically developed country, both have a civil war)
- Currency: Pound
- Population: 20,830,311 (2011)
- Republic under military regime.
- President: Bashar Al Assad
- Ethnicity: Arabic 90.3%, Kurds, Armenians, and other 9.7%
- GDP Per pereson: $5,100 (2011) US
- 1.4 million refugees
- Oil revenues fell from 18%
- Enemies: Ireland, US
- Allies: Iran, Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Brazil, South Africa, Tanzania, and Pakistan
They have similarities and differences, but some problems both of them are going through is poverty. Sudan also had a civil war and Syria is having a civil war.
During this trip, we did many activities and one of them was playing with the kids in the Hui Nam Yuen school. There was a girl called Sai Pin who I got to know. She was 11 years old and wants to become a teacher when she grows up. A lot of the children’s parents were farmers, unlike in Hong Kong a lot of the children’s parents work somewhere else. There kitchen was also small, and not so clean. In CDNIS we have a big kitchen thats why we were building a new kitchen for them and my group made 17 bricks! A hard part of the trip for me was the hike. The starting was easy because we were going downhill but towards the end it got pretty steep. The good part was that it wasn’t a very long uphill hike. Usually my helper would make my bed and help clean, but in the trip I had to make my own bed and clean up my own mess.
A learner profile attribute I showed was risk taker. We had to go on a confidence course which was walking on a chain and holding a rope, then swinging to the next stop by a rope, walking on a beam, and then monkey bars or rings. I was nervous for this because if you fall you fall in water with tadpoles. I didn’t really want to fall but I still wanted to do it so I tried. I went once and did a 360 turn on the beam and didn’t fall. My second turn I walked backwards on beam and did rings, I still didn’t fall. My third turn I closed my eyes on beam and did monkey bars backwards, and I still didn’t fall. Afterwards, I wanted to try more with even more challenges!
I also thought that I was a thinker on this trip because during rock climbing sometimes the rocks would get small and there would be less rocks. I wouldn’t know what to do but instad of freaking out I would think about it and then go. Overall, the trip was really fun and kayaking was the best for me:)