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Considering the troubles I have been having with my own volunteer activities, I’ve decided to spend more time visiting and seeing what other volunteers are doing.  I’d get a deeper understanding of JICA activities, get to visit more places in Sri Lanka, and meet more people.  Not a bad way to spend otherwise unproductive time.  My first stop was to see Music Education Volunteer Yamamoto JV.  The National Youth Orchestra of Sri Lanka held a free concert in Galle to promote arts and especially music to young students of Southern Sri Lanka.  The individual students are quite good, but the conductor(s) seemed really erratic.  Yamamoto JV looked like she was having fun.  Overall, a very nice afternoon of music.  Live music is always good for the soul!

大分前の話だが、自分の活動が中々進まないこともあって、他の隊員の活動見学に力入れることにした。スリランカの他の地域をもっと訪ねて、協力隊の活動をもっと深く知り、色んな人と会って話す。まぁ、悪くない時間の使い方かなと。まずは、音楽と言う分野で活動している山本隊員が担当しているNational Youth Orchestraの演奏を見に行った。教育省(?)を通じてスリランカ南部の学生・生徒に「音楽を好きになってもらい、音楽を始めてもらう」と言うようなイベントだった。クラシカルから最近のポップスまで、結構楽しかった。急きょ山本隊員も打楽器で出演決定。笑顔で楽しそうだった。やっぱり音楽は、生がいいね!

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