If I haven’t made it known before, I am here in Livingstone, Zambia for a international development internship with BYU through African Impact. Zambia is Southern Africa, a landlocked country surrounded by Botswana, Zimbabwe, Angola, DR of Congo, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique. A lot of countries. It is fairly safe place and full of beautiful people. I will spend the next few weeks working in the communities surrounding Livingstone in a school in the mornings and then in the afternoons at either reading/literacy/health/art/girls imapct/math clubs. We are staying at the volunteer house at Livingstone Backpackers, less than 10 minutes from Victoria falls! There are about 12 volunteers right now, then a lot of backpackers. Us volunteers have our own part, and have breakfast, lunch and dinner here made by some fabulous zambian cooks during the week. We all eat at a big table together for all the meals, and the food has been delicious.
At 7.30 every morning we leave in a van on the bumpy roads to get to our projects. This week has been a little different with the children on holiday. I really loved playing with the kids outside though, it was so fun to get to know them a little and see their cute faces! After coming back for lunch, prepping and relaxing, we leave around 1.30 to afternoon projects. This week I did Girls impact; teaching some girls about confidence, and it was powerful to hear them say things like ‘I am beautiful. I am strong. I am lovely. I am precious’. They taught me, as they just exude inner strength. I also did health club for boys; this time we taught some teamwork, and ended playing team games, it was so fun to see them work together. The boys are so sweet. My favorite memory of that afternoon was going to play with the little kids who needed distracting; they were literally dancing for us IT WAS HILARIOUS. Next afternoon project was adult literacy club. I led one activity, then helped one women reading some books, again the persistence is remarkable. I’ve seen it over and over again. Next was maths club. I thought I wasn’t going to be much use in the class, but then one boy put up his hand as they were working on math problems and I stayed with him for long while. He didn’t understand much of it, but kept going. Nevermind it is their holiday, and they were all their voluntarily strengthening their math skills.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the girls, boys and adults and seeing their desire to learn and better themselves. Their diligence is something I need to develop.