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.

Mid-placement blog post

June 14, 2010

Hey everyone or here they would say dumela!

Botswana is great! The Batswana people are warm and friendly. Many times when I am here I feel like I am still in Canada because of the developed city of Gaborone. The weather is cold at night where you need to dress like you would on a fall day in Canada. During the day it can get quite hot in the sun. I have familiarized myself with taking combies. They are the small vans that the people use to get around as many do not have cars. Work has been great. At work I have been attending workshops, fundraising for a teen camp, typing for people as many are not as tech savvy, and attending a retreat.I have been able to learn a lot about the culture, and I am even learning a new language. I have been to the safari outside of Gaborone!

Social life in Bots is much different than in Canada. I have not yet experienced my host family having friends or family over to hang out. Also because it gets dark at 6 and you cannot walk outside after dark by yourself it limits social life. Moreover there are not many social things to do it Gabs. Many people here either consume alcohol on their time off or watch tv or a combo. I have started to dislike alcohol for all the problems it is creating for the country. People are less productive because of it,  and it is not helping the HIV and AIDS battle. It is unfortunate that people do not save their money. But hey this is Africa!

Some people here really admire white people or lakoa. I was waiting at the bus station once and a lady and child came up to me and asked me if they could touch my hand. I said yes and they were amazed and treated me like I was a celebrity. That was a pretty cool experience!

I am looking forward to the time I have left here! There will be many more experiences I will encounter and I am looking forward to them.

I hope my blog has given you some insight as to what life is life is like here.