Ambrym Island School (children’s choir), Vanuatu

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The men on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu, are respected for their wood carving skills

 

After watching the spectacularly costumed men perform the Ambrym Island Rom dance [see our previous blog post, “Ambrym Island, Vanuatu], we had a chance to walk around Ranon Village and meet some of the locals and shop at the open air market.  The men are well known as wood carvers.  A group of us then hiked up to the local school where we had a chance to hear several songs by the children’s choir.  The highlight of the afternoon was our collective donation of several boxes of school supplies to the school.  Our group turned the tables on the children and sang to them, and then they joined us in singing several songs in English, including the classic “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”, with all of us dancing and moving our arms to point to the correct parts of the body as we sang.  A wonderful time was had by all and we all made new friends.

 

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A group of island men entertained us with their local songs in the open air market on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu

 

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We purchased this wood carving from this Ambrym Island wood carver

 

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The children’s school choir gathered in their school yard at Ranon Village on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu, with our ship visible in the background

 

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A close up of some of the school choir children on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu

 

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Our Residents on the ship collectively donated lots of school supplies to the Ranon Village school on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu, including necessary classroom supplies like paper and pencils plus some special treats including laminated maps of the world (which they have never had) and hula hoops and frisbees for outdoor play time

 

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We turned the tables on the children and sang a few songs to them and then they joined us in several choruses of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” (here, the children are pointing to their ears), Ambrym Island, Vanuatu

 

“Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”:

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes

And eyes and ears

And mouth and nose

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes.

 

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We turned the tables on the children and sang a few songs to them and then they joined us in several choruses of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” (here, the children are pointing to their noses), Ambrym Island, Vanuatu

 

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Walking around the village before sunset we came across a typical house in a clearing, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu

 

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This local woman was very friendly and loved posing for portraits in her yard with her chicken, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu

 

3 thoughts on “Ambrym Island School (children’s choir), Vanuatu

  1. The joy your visit brought to these children is written all over their faces. Thank you for sharing your experieinces.

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  2. The children are adorable and of course speak to my ” teacher heart”. Glad you brought them school supplies and some fun treats. I know they will be much appreciated! 😊
    ❤Trudy

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