First Month in the Village: Community Entry

After swearing in as official volunteers, we moved into the village and started Community Entry, a two to three-month period dedicated to integrating into the community. During this period, leaving our site is prohibited other than going to the nearest town for food (about a 30km bike ride for us) and required Peace Corps business. … Continue reading First Month in the Village: Community Entry

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A Bemba Funeral in Zambia

During pre-service training, we learned about some important customs in Zambia such as funerals, marriage, headmen/chiefs, etc, to prepare us for life here. With 72 tribes living harmoniously in one nation, the customs vary wildly - not only between tribes, but within villages. So my limited experience attending two funerals in Northern Province cannot be … Continue reading A Bemba Funeral in Zambia

Peace Corps Zambia – Moving into the Village

After the swear-in ceremony, Lusaka shopping, and late-night celebrations, 72 new PCVs parted ways for their respective provinces. Twenty three Northern and Muchinga volunteers squished into three cruisers for a 12-hour journey to the provincial house in Kasama. It wasn't the most comfortable journey, but we eventually made it. The provincial house is a resource … Continue reading Peace Corps Zambia – Moving into the Village

Peace Corps Zambia: Culture Day & the Last Day of Training

Eleven weeks of non-stop sessions, learning, practicals, tests, integration, travel... pre-service training is over! On the last day, the trainees and trainers put together a final celebration to conclude the three months of hard work (and sometimes not so hard work). We each were allowed to invite two members of our host family, so Adam … Continue reading Peace Corps Zambia: Culture Day & the Last Day of Training