This week we found out our site locations and I will be living in the Kumadzi village within the Chadiza boma. I will be a 13 k bike ride from the boma so I will be able to go every weekend. I will be the 3rd and final PCV to be living at my site. I will be spending the week in Kumadzi next week and am so excited to make my hut my home. I am definitely planning on having a pink wall in my room. And I definitely want to add a vegetable garden and a small flower garden so that I can add some brightness to my day.
But back to training…. We have had 2 language simulation tests so far and I improved from a 4 to a 4.8 within the two weeks. The tests are out of a 5 out of 5 scale. Language class is definitely like entering the 1st year of college all over again. Getting used to studying and having to prepare for tests is a whole new ball game when you are in classes all day and then do not have electricity to light up your room. There are countless nights that I would intend to study but would end up having my notes study me as I fell asleep on my bed.
This past Tuesday and Wednesday we had our supervisor’s workshop and I got to meet my supervisor Mr. Joembe from Mwala Basic School. He has only been at Mwala Basic for two weeks because he was promoted after the old head teacher retired, but he was nevertheless excited to meet with me and I definitely think that we will work well together throughout these next two years.
My goal within community entry (my first 3 months of service) is to definitely learn how to sew. I want to make curtains and cushions for my hut. This should definitely be interesting. And I will keep everyone updated on my progress.
As a project I want to have a library at my hut so I can read with the kids at night and when I am not in school. If everyone can look at garage sales for second hand books this will be such a great help to me! Also once I am more set up with my school I am going to try and work with an NGO to get a library started at my school. This is going to be a process that I will keep everyone involved with because I have to make sure that it will be sustainable before I begin the project!!
Oh btw my new address for AFTER swear in will be
PO Box 520103
Knock on wood I still haven’t had any super scary bug stories. I have seen a cockroach in my room but I was safe under my mosquito net. The past couple of nights though I have heard some critters on my roof but turning on an ipod does wonders to tune out the sound of them.
Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day and I do have to say that I missed being able to have green beer. A bunch of us did meet up and have a couple Castles (Zambian Beer) to celebrate and be American haha.
I was lucky this week to get a postcard from Kristal in the Bahamas and a package and card from my parents. I have never enjoyed crystal light so much in my whole life. Water does definitely get boring after a while. A little flavor does wonders.
I am excited for site visit this next week because it will be the first time that I will see my new home but I will also be able to cook for myself and really be on my own. As much as I love my host family I definitely miss the independence of choosing what I want to eat and when I want to eat. Im sure though after being on my own for 10 days I am going to be crying for my amai…
But on another note, the mlenga lenga (sky) in Zambia is amazing! I don’t know to describe it but it is definitely almost heaven. The day sky is so bright and the clouds are fluffy and large and the sunsets are breathtaking every night. At night the stars are endless and the moon is so bright. There is a different view of the sky everyday and I am always captivated by it.
This past weekend I attended a village funeral and it was definitely an experience. So many people were in attendance and within the mourning process there is a lot of wailing from relatives and people from the village. The wailing is very different from the public display of mourning that one would see at a funeral in the US. The burial site was also in the middle of the brush and everyone just sat where they could on the grass while songs were sung and prayers were read and the body buried.
Something great about African culture that I have learned so far being here is that loosing a family member, having an illness and any other sort of loss are all things that the villages feel together. When one loses something they all do. It is a very compassionate nature that really hits you to the core. Many of these people have nothing to give in the terms of money or at even certain times of the year food. But when tragedy strikes they are all there for each other. No one asks for assistance or for people to come but they are always there ready to be supportive of the family.
Check out the new pictures on facebook and I am sure I will have more of an update after site visit! I am still having issues logging into my email so facebook messaging me is definitely the easiest way to get in touch in with me go figure!
LOOOOOVE YOU ALLLLLLL
PS: I would love some fun hair accessories like bows and flowers and scarves. And candles would be amazing too… the Zambian candles just don’t last at all!