Five Photos

Due to my busy working schedule and other such commitments, the blog has sadly been left rather to her own devices over the past few months. However, in an attempt to revive her, I’ve decided to post some photos of my experiences in bite-size portions of five at a time. (All of the photos are…

Goals #3: Accountancy

When one of the eighth graders stood before the class and proudly proclaimed his ambition to become an accountant, I was surprised. In such a community as this, I wondered if there was any need for such a role: there was no bank, no electricity even, and matters of taxation and compensation were meted out…

Goal #2: Teachers

GOAL-SETTING 101 CONTINUED… I arrived in Zambia equipped with a suitcase full of toiletries and a handful of expectations. I expected poverty and hunger, poor healthcare and inequality. I completely neglected to consider the reason I was there: education. Of all of the issues that affect the developing world, I had previously given the least thought…

Goal #1: “I want to be a royal”

Goal-setting 101 continued… Why not ease ourselves into my series of Goals posts with a humorous anecdote? As the 8th Grade class jotted down their answers to the question What is a goal you have for your future and what will you do to achieve it? I wafted about from pupil to pupil, reading over their shoulders and providing…

Goal-setting 101

As it dawned on me that my being in Zambia had a time limit I started to worry about the sustainability of our work in the community. During exam week, when the children were either revising, bored or both, I went to the school with Moono, an ICS colleague, to teach Grade 8 for an…

Meet Pamela Chisenga

I’m back. I’m writing this from the comfort of my double bed. There are no bed bugs hiding out in my sleeping bag, no mice running up my leg as I try to sleep, no carpenter bees to shower me with sawdust from their construction works in the middle of the night. I’m eating a…

Feeling at home

I’ve been on placement now for 2 weeks and starting to feel right at home here. Apart from the increasingly same-y diet of nshima and tomatoes and eggs, there’s not a lot to complain about.