Zambia


Monday began a new week with the kiddies! We did a Christmas day with them, so we started off with a writing activity and then for their craft they got to make Christmas cards that they could keep or give away if they wanted to. Check out some of the kids’ holiday wishes here. “We make a living by what we get, but we make...

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6:30 am pick up and heading to Mukuni Big Five Safaris to play with some of the big animals of Africa. We started out with the lions, the kings of the jungle. After getting briefed on how to properly approach the animals, we ventured out into their arena. It was so cool to get up close to the lions and pet them. The lions that...

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Woke up to beautiful weather on Saturday morning and ready to go see Victoria Falls! We took a taxi there are were greeted by a baboon family when we arrived. We had to be careful we didn’t have any bags from Shop Rite, the local grocery store, when we visited the falls because the baboons know that those bags mean food and they will attack...

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Friday was England day! The kids were so excited to eat biscuits in class and make really cool crowns like the Royal Family wears. After letting them play outside for a while, we decided to try and do some writing with them. It was difficult because the kids are of such a wide age range (2 to 14 years old) so we don’t want to...

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“How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving.” -James Cash Penny We taught our first lesson today: America day! We taught the kids about snow, American football, Thanksgiving, and more. They were pretty intrigued when they saw pictures of snow, and...

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Today’s lesson: Under The Sea! We started helping out more in the classroom as we began to get more comfortable teaching and working with the kids. They loved learning about the different sea creatures and we even did a craft so they could color different fish, octopus, coral, and seaweed. We put them all up on the bulletin board in the back to give them...

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Tuesday morning, up bright and early! It’s our first full day and we are heading to the schools to teach. Kristen and I were placed at Zambezi Sawmills Community School along with 3 other volunteers. The school provides education and a safe environment for children who have been found living on the street, although the building is very run down. The school has 2 rooms with...

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We made it! 40+ hours later we arrived in Livingstone! There were 4 new volunteers that arrived on the same flight with us, and we all got picked up at the airport and headed to the volunteer house (The Livingstone Backpackers). The first day was very overwhelming being in this new unfamiliar place, living with new people, and getting lots of information thrown at us....

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In case it has not been obvious enough, my sister Kristen and I spent this Christmas in Africa! After lots of careful research and planning, we booked our trip with Kaya Volunteer to head to Livingstone, Zambia for two weeks to volunteer with African Impact and work on some community development during Christmas time. During the weekdays, we teach in the community schools in the mornings...

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