Dip your toes into the local culture of Zambia and kick start your week in this vibrant new country! This week will feature guided tours, cultural introductions and loads of exciting activities that will have you feeling at home in the beautiful Zambia in no time at all.
You’ll have opportunities to explore the sights, learn your way around the local city and immerse yourself in the local culture. This is also an excellent jumping point if you are moving on to another Zambia project after! Not only will this essential introduction help you to understand Zambia’s rich culture and history, but it will also help you to understand it’s way of life and introduce you to other participants and hopefully new life long friends!
We will take you to important historical locations, as well as the more useful day-to-day orientations such as supermarkets, police stations, and the local doctor. You will be based in the amazing small town of Monze, located in the southern province of Zambia. From our base in Monze we will leap out and explore the surrounding area including shrines, picnics, national parks and even a visit to the hot springs!
This week is designed to be fun, activity-packed and most of all informative. You will be given culture and customs introductions, learn the do’s and dont’s of Zambia and get opportunities to meet the local people, learn a little of the language and try your hand at whipping up some Zambian cuisine in a cooking lesson.
This week runs from Monday to Friday and is packed full of informative and fun-filled activities to help you settle into Zambian life and culture. We will kick things off with language and culture classes, followed by a walking and sightseeing tour around the village and Monze town. Through the middle of the week, you will get to enjoy cultural institute visits, handicraft making and cooking classes, museum visits and more sightseeing. On Thursday you’ll enjoy a day out at the Lochinvar National Park which includes visiting the zoo and the hot springs. To wrap up the cultural experience, we will visit a fascinating holy shrine site, then end the week with a discussion of our other projects and a visit to some of our placement sites in the area.
The schedule for the week:
Culture and language class
Walk and sightseeing around the village and Monze town.
Visit Chikuni Cultural Institute
Handicraft making class
Dinner (cooking class)
Depart for Choma town and for the museum visit.
Sightseeing in Choma downtown area
Depart for Lochinvar National Park and visit zoo
Continue sightseeing in the zoo and visit hot spring
Visit holy shrine/Gonde ceremony site
Project discussion and visit placement.