I arrived safely back home in England, happy to see my parents again and to take a shower! But I already missed Zambia and all the people we met.
I thought this trip was fantastic. I absolutely loved the tourism side of it (Victoria falls, canoeing, visiting villages, seeing the dancing at the school, the snakes...) but it wouldn't have been as good if there had only been tourism.
The charity work we did at Maanu Mwami School was something I really enjoyed doing and would have loved to do more. The fact that we were able to talk to people who lived there helped me understand a lot of things. We got more acquainted with the culture, the economics of the country, how everything works, what some of the challenges are, the failures and the successes.
We got to know people's opinion on several subjects, or their experience, for instance Choolwe and Chentwana's father who told us about HIV, something we would never have had the chance to do on a purely touristic trip.
We also got to experience what life in Zambia is actually like by living in Fusani home. It was sometimes hard or annoying to not have a shower, or not being able to drink water from the tap; basically, to not have the comfort we're used to. But I'm glad it was this way because I saw what it was like, and can say I got to live like Zambian people live, even if it was only for a few days. I feel like I learnt a lot by doing that, that I can relate to them more.
Finally, the atmosphere was really good. The fact that we were such a small group enabled us to get to know each other more, and not stay only with people we already knew. We felt more at ease with young people like you than we would have with adults, so it made everything more relaxed. Even at Fusani Home, everyone talked to one another and it was nice to meet people and stay with them long enough to get to know them and make friends.
Honestly, except for the fact that I would have liked to do some more charity, I cannot think of any lowlights.
So thank you so much for making this possible, and I hope you have an amazing time doing your Safari!