Students Without Borders is a WUSC and CECI program that enables Canadian university and college students to participate in exciting, volunteer learning opportunities in South America, Africa, and Asia.

Midway through Maun!

June 23, 2010

The days are passing by quickly here in Maun, and though I feel it would take years to fully recount the experiences I have had here, I am no less shocked at how fast a month has passed by since I left Canada.
My work with the Botswana Predator Conseration Trust has been an incredible experience so far. Last week, we put on a media event showcasing our Coaching for Conservation Program to much praise from Prince William, Joe Jonas, and everyone else involved. I never expected that an event I helped to organize in Maun would attract more attention than anything I had been involved in back home; Maun Stadium was teeming with international media! Here is a link to videos I posted on our website of the event. I emceed and was lucky enough to make it into a snippet of the msnbc nightly news segment (due to some careless editing I suppose ;) ).

I also have been helping with teaching science to two classes at Matshwane Primary School. This involves scrounging around for simple supplies – like a 9V battery, a nail and a coil – and explaining electromagnetism with a makeshift solenoid. Because much of the science curriculum is woefully inadequate here, the kids voraciously absorb every experiment we can come up with. It is rewarding and fun work.

I have been assisting a local choir in Maun for a while with arranging, conducting and piano accompaniment and this has been instrumental (haha) in introducing me to tons of people with other musical interests. I am hoping to collaborate with a few local performing groups looking to expand and organize their repertoire, and will likely be training a couple choirs as well as teaching piano and guitar in July. It promises to be a very busy month ahead!

However, it is clear to me now that the main beneficiary of this trip is me. I continue to discover Botswana and have learnt much from the people here. It has been humbling and fascinating in equal doses, and I am proud to be a Motswana-in-training!