Namibia

 

In Rembrance: Nelson Mandela

Posted by Heather Tang in Namibia, South Africa

Scott Person, WorldTeach Namibia Volunteer ’94, reflects about his encounter with Nelson Mandela on the airplane en route to begin his service.   The 1994 WorldTeach Namibia group, by luck, was on the same plane as Nelson Mandela travelling JFK through Johannesburg. The date was January 3, 1994 (or January 4 as we crossed timezones). Nelson Mandela walked the entire plane for hours speaking with each and every one on the plane.   What is striking: He spent many minutes talking with everyone on the plane who wanted to talk. He smiled the entire time and made everyone feel like he had nothing better to do than to speak with them about whatever was on their minds.   Some of…

The End of a Namibian Year

Posted by Heather Tang in Namibia

Erika Bisbocci is finishing up her year of service in Nambia. She reflects on the diversity of landscapes in Namibia and the town of Ondangwa, where Erika has spent much of her WorldTeach year, that is far from idyllic but has grown on Erika over the past 12 months. Read on to learn about Erika’s perspectives on Ondangwa and Namibia…   The dusty, concrete cities of Ovamboland surely aren’t on many travelers’ lists of must-see places. And, aside from the odd Peace Corps volunteer or independent traveler en-route to Opuwo from Etosha National Park, the endless floodplains of Namibia’s northern region fly largely under the radar.   Granted, there is not much in the country’s northern cities to keep travelers…

Why Are We Here?

Posted by Heather Tang in Namibia

Erika Bisbocci has just finished her second term of teaching at Olukolo school in Namibia. As she graded exams, she took a minute to reflect on the impact that she is making and the value and realities of life abroad.     We came to Namibia for adventure. We wanted to challenge ourselves, to stretch ourselves, to step out of our comfort zones. We came for the personal journey of self-discovery and we came in hope that this year abroad would help us uncover a bit more about ourselves and the path we would like to follow in life.   Ultimately though, we came to Namibia to make an impact.   Though my fellow volunteers and I have different backgrounds,…

A Computer Lab in the Making

Posted by Heather Tang in Namibia

See the ongoing progress WorldTeach volunteer Emily Leazer has made creating a school computer lab in Namibia!   January 20, 2013: Emily mentions her first project for the school’s few existing computers…internet!   “On Fridays I only teach 3 classes so most of the morning I spent getting to know the staff and mingling with the students during the break. It was so fun to walk up to them and watch them look at each other and giggle then say ‘Hello miss’ very shyly. My first few classes were mostly introductions and discussing class rules but Monday I will begin officially teaching. My school has a small library and I have been put on the library committee so I will…

Here Comes the Bride!

Posted by Heather Tang in Namibia

WorldTeach volunteer Hilary Kovalchik has been living and teaching English in Namibia for almost a year now. A couple weeks ago she was invited to take part in an authentic Namibian wedding! In this post she shares the once-a-lifetime experience during which she was able to see the surprising similarities and differences between American and Namibian ceremonies. Thanks for sharing Hilary, and good luck to the beautiful couple!     Last weekend, my housemate’s girlfriend’s brother was married. Naturally, I was invited to the wedding reception. The bride and groom were married on Saturday, in the bride’s village, far away from Ekoka. On Sunday, they returned to the groom’s family homestead for the reception with his family in Ekoka, which…