The very beginning...

Hi my name is Fran Bruty. I am a Secondary Teacher of 28 years experience in many different curriculum passion being Nutrition, Health, Phys Ed, Outdoor Ed and all of the other areas involved in teaching Life Skills. Until 2 1/2 years ago I taught in rural Victoria at Bacchus Marsh Grammar, however I am currently teaching at St Andrew's Catholic College in Redlynch, a lovely town just north of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. I also coach swimming at The Marlin Coast Swimming Pool...our squad teams are dynamic and I love them for their tenacity and courage!
I am applying as a volunteer to work in Africa and as yet I am not sure what role I will be given... the most likely is that in Health Education or as a Trainer of teachers. I have been to Melbourne and participated in The P2V (Preparing to Volunteer) during 10-12 March.
Having read the literature recommended, I am researching at 'grassroots' get a better understanding of what to expect in Africa by contacting RVs (return Volunteers) As this is the first time I have been a volunteer I am learning so much from hearing about their adventures ...why they applied...highs and lows...coping with culture differences...expanding on the areas we covered in P2V.
P2V allowed 12 volunteers to meet and get to know each other in many interactive sessions...I so loved getting to know these people as they now become the core of our support network for surviving when we get to Africa as we will all be there at the same time experiencing similar challenges and excitements. We are very anxious to get our placements so that we can focus our energies on our placements and the actual country we will be living in!...but we know that PATIENCE is going to be a much needed quality over there so we are practicing being...patient!

I am back in Trinity Beach where I live doing the things we need to do in
I will keep you posted on any developments!


  1. Wow Fran, what an amazing experience you are amongst. Go for it mate. xxSuzy

  2. Suzy..when were you in Zim?..You are partly responsible for my yearnig to live in Africa!

  3. Well Well! I see things are off to a flying start, thanks to some volcanic ash! your grounded in Dubai. Never mind thats what an adventure is all about! have they indicated when you will be mobile again?
    Love Bill.

  4. Hi Blogspotters,
    Unfortunately, Fran is unable to add comments at the moment as the computers she has access to are all in Arabic. She never learnt that language, and is trying to get a tech nerd to help her sort that out with her computer. So be patient, she will be back on line soon.....Hopefully.
    From Bill


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