There have been some changes afoot.
I suppose our main aim of this time in Zambia was to get a clearer picture of what our life would look like when we move there next year. We spent significantly more time together as a family, visiting schools and the community, I’d spend a couple of mornings a week looking after Jacob whilst Melissa did admin work for Beyond Ourselves and I spent some time volunteering in an international school. The initial plan for long-term life in Zambia being that Melissa would continue to work part-time for Beyond Ourselves and I’d work at an international school whilst volunteering with the community schools in my free time, to improve standards.
Well, in short, that might have been a little ambitious. Many of the teachers that work at the community schools aren’t particularly qualified and the literacy levels in the schools have significant room for improvement. And so a new plan was birthed.
When we return to Zambia in the summer of 2013, I will be volunteering with Beyond Ourselves full-time with the role of teacher training and improving standards in the community schools. This means that our return will be slightly more ‘adventurous’ as it’s not currently a salaried position. Nevertheless, we feel that it is the right decision.
One bonus of this decision is that it gives my time in Canada (where, for visa reasons, I’m not legally allowed to earn a salary) a lot more purpose. I’ll be looking at resources available, adapting things for the Zambian culture and for remedial readers, as well as trying to make the Zambian Curriculum more accessible for our teachers. I’m really excited about getting stuck into this and, in many ways, can’t wait to get back to Zambia and get on with the job.