Travel and reflections….

Thanks to KLM for two more uneventful flights: from Lusaka to Amsterdam, a brief layover there and then on to O’Hare. The team after we retrieved our baggage: Happy to be back…….

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But sad to be departing the group: 10 of the 12 students were picked up by their families at O’Hare:

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The final four who came to West Lafayette on the shuttle bus:

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What an amazing two weeks we have had again! So many people were involved in the success of the program and in helping our team. In addition to everyone in Zambia, some specific people back home that we would like to thank include:

  • Professor Oliver Wendt at Purdue for providing the SPEAKAll app to be used by individuals in Zambia as an alternative mode of communication

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  • Julie Renshaw and Gordon Stowe Inc. for providing supplies such as immittance and OAE tips and otoscope specula and loaner equipment to use for our screenings
  • Phonak Inc. for providing hearing aid and batteries
  • Clinical Professor Jenn Simpson and the Purdue Audiology Clinic for providing equipment to take to Zambia
  • Purdue University (Dean Liping Cai, David Ayers and others) for providing the Study Abroad and International Learning (SAIL) grant that helped purchase supplies and subsidize student costs for the program

Thoughts of our time in Zambia will remain with us…..the warm and friendly smiles of every Zambian we met……

Isaih at the Mimosa Cafe:

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the inspirational work of the organizations we had the honor and privilege to work with……

the children: typical kids and kids with disabilities from whom we learned so much

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the fun times at Victoria Falls and on safari and at the elephant orphanage….

and all the fun and memorable incidents – some of which I captured on camera :)

The weighing of suitcases and transferring of items to make sure the weight was under 50 pounds!

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Julia and her “jump” photos :)

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The power outage the first night we were there at our welcome dinner!

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Nightly pow-wows and lunch packing in Christi’s room (#16)

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The breakfasts: watermelon, broken toaster one day after a power outage (which thankfully came back to life soon – since this was the NEW toaster purchased during our last trip to Zambia!)

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The mosquito nets :)

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Being little kids :)

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The “gangsta”!

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The team work!

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The “visitors book” – that was a brand new book seemingly started just for us?Image

These signs all around the UNZA campus

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Oliver and his bottle-opening technique!

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Huddling to stay warm on the cool morning we went on safari in Botswana

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The coolest sinks at the lodge in Botswana!

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The butterfly on the hand of a lady on the cruise boat…..

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And Breanne’s attempt to have it come sit on her! :)

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The lilac breasted roller – national bird of Botswana – unfortunately could not get a picture of it in flight when it is even more beautiful!

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Jumping at the banks of the Zambezi

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My first “selfie”!!!

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The fruit and nut lunch on the bus…

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The “disco” bathroom…

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The people crammed into the backs of trucks…

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Jessica being embarrassed :)

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The daily ritual of cutting watermelon at breakfast – this morning with a very small knife given by Damiano!

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The dirt roads and dust clouds!

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The caterpillars for lunch!

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The holding of the python – brave Rachael went first!

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Alexis….not so sure :)

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The funny signs at Kalimba Reptile Farms

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The “prank” on Alyssa – placing stickers on her…

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The making of a snail! New skill…

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The constant search for wifi….

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Meeting Emmie – our driver from last year!

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Our chitenges!

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The triumph of killing a spider!

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The weigh scale in pounds…with a conversion chart to kg above it! (They use kg in Zambia)

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The chicken espetada…

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The children….

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The dessert crepes…

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The winning of the game “2048” at Lusaka airport while waiting to board!!

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And on that sweet and winning note…..we hope we have the opportunity to do this all over again!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sibks
    Jun 08, 2014 @ 22:54:04

    What a lovely post to end the trip! Glad you are all safely home.

    Reply

  2. Anonymous
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 10:46:24

    What an amazing journey! It was fun to follow. Glad everyone is safely back home!

    Reply

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