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  • 25 years old
  • From Illinois, United States
  • Currently in Illinois, United States

Teaching in Zambia

This journal describes my experiences on the teaching project during holiday club in Livingstone, Zambia. I spent two weeks volunteering in December 2013.

Zambezi Holiday Club Teaching

Zambia Livingstone, Zambia  |  Jan 25, 2014
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 Holiday Club lets the kids actually be kids for a few hours every day, and having the opportunity to be a part of that is beyond words. 

Although my volunteer trip has sadly come to an end and limited wifi prevented me from blogging while in Zambia, I still wanted to share a bit about my experience with the Kaya community. The time I spent volunteering went by so quickly, but the memories will stick with me forever. I will never forget the way the kids’ faces would light up from the slightest things, like when we would give them a ball to play with or a drink of water. Every day I spent there just further confirmed that I made the right choice in volunteering.

My group taught at Zambezi Sawmills Community School, a school which 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 windows, most of which have the glass broken out of them. There is a tin roof that leaks when it’s raining outside. It is a community school that does not have a wall built around it, so many kids in the area all want to come inside.

Since the kids are on break from school they have Holiday Club, so we plan entire lessons for the day from 8-11 am. We usually ended up with 60 to 70 kids every day. They ranged from ages 2 to 14, and many times there are even babies because the older siblings usually have to take care of the younger siblings so they bring them to school with them.

These kids all have no choice but to grow up quickly and take on so many adult responsibilities. Holiday Club lets the kids actually be kids for a few hours every day, and having the opportunity to be a part of that is beyond words.

Volunteering was such a worthwhile and rewarding experience that everyone should take advantage of at some point in their lives. It really puts things in perspective and showed me even more how to appreciate the little things in life. Having goods like shoes or running water is such a blessing, and back home these things are majorly taken for granted. I hope that I have to chance to return to Africa again and I will always remember the community and the wonderful people I met along my journey.

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    LindsayValentin wrote: Mon Jan 27, 2014
    It was great reading your journal Marissa! It sounds like you had an amazing time and did some incredible volunteer work with the kids.
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