I have a crapton of catching up to do! Sorry for the absence of updates, which has turned my blog into a glorified Goodreads account. Enjoy these pictures from August and September!
RIP Wimpy! The South African equivalent of IHop gave me some great post-bus trip moments before packing up and abandoning Solwezi. To be perfectly honest I felt horribly betrayed when this happened but seven months later I’m pretty embarrassed I considered this a major enough event to include.
During in In-Service Training (henceforth referred to as IST) in August, I got certified as a Skillz Coach with Grassroot Soccer! It involved a lot of playing games in a shaded grassy field. It was rough.
Regan, my GRS counterpart! Regan came to my house one day, told me he was studying youth development, and has since completed to insanely scheduled GRS courses with me. All, not to brag, but he was one of the best counterparts at this training and almost every other volunteer was jealous of me.
Some of the volunteers and counterparts had a football match after sessions one day! I don’t have any pictures of myself playing that I haven’t burned, so please be happy with this mistaken shot that I think looks artsy!
Regan killing the HIV risks limbo. All-star counterpart. Enough said.
We did a lot of field trips during our second week of IST, which focused on the LIFE program’s primary projects. I have no idea what crops these are, as I can only see a thumbnail while typing this. Neat, though!
A field trip to a mushroom cultivation training center.
Mushrooms popping out spore bags. I don’t have my notes. I know for sure it is not called a spore bag.
A neat picture of mushrooms at their harvest stage verses a mother growing in a re-purposed liquor bottle.
Taken at Kasisi Agricultural Training Center: a grain field doing fantastic after being fallowed with velvet bean the previous planting season. I’m really trying to promote fallow crops in my community, and would really love to send people down here for a conservation farming training one day.
Seeds, seeds, all kinds of seeds! I bought more velvet bean than I could ever use here, as well as an absurd amount of Lucina.
Other fun purchases: oranage/mango marmalade, and a sweetie I vaguely remember as some sort of coconut ball?
My post-IST vacation group! This is what a fairly average minibus ride looks like, but with fewer Americans.
Maddie taking in the beauty that was our boat taxi in Lower Zambezi National Park.
Hippos! Probably one of the most graceful dives into the water that I have ever seen.
I think these are vervet monkeys? They were the first monkeys I had seen in Zambia, and they were super cute.
I am great at applying suncreen.
Cold season is weird. It’s fairly warm during the day, and then the temperature rapidly drops at night. We creatively problem solved by squishing into one tent for body heat (Kari refused).
A picture at my site! Sid came to my community and we did a joint compost/nutrition workshop at my local school. A buffalo escaped from a game park and it was wild (I did not see the buffalo)!
Annikki absolutely slaying everything about water at Camp TREE. This is pictured because I vaguely helped plan this activity with her, but Annikki blew it out of the park.
Me forcing campers to touch a chameleon after running the Misunderstood Animals session at TREE! There is a lot of misinformation about chameleons, ranging anywhere from them being venomous to being disguised witches. Annikki’s camper (front right) liked the experience so much that he started catching them himself and teaching other kids!
My campers at TREE (Teaching Respect for Everyone’s Environment). Since coming to camp, they have been amazing with the school environmental club (which they started), and I’m so proud of them.
My good friend Martin (who I met at GRS training) leading a GRS session at a Men as Partners training.
PCV Kelsi shouting out “itaku” or “vagina!” to warm things up before we opening a session on the female reproductive system. Yes, she is holding a chitenge vagina model. Yes, I own one, and yes, they do make nice pillows.
Celebrating George’s birthday in Solwezi! Also me celebrating not having a stomach bug anymore.
A really amazing picture taken by an extension volunteer during a beekeeping workshop I attended in Eastern Province.
Can you spot me?
Very cool re-purposed bottle caps at Lusaka’s Sunday Market!
Enjoying a mango daiquiri with my friend Grace, and feeling quite fancy doing it.
A group photo of North-western Provinces CAT Crew members during my brief stint as committee member! I have learned so much from these people and being part of the meeting shaped a lot of my service so far. The guy on the left is not a CAT Crew member; we had a random guy stand in for Neal, who left before we could take the photo.
Back at site! My kitten isn’t a kitten anymore! And he’s friendly! What the heck happened.