Team Zambia 2015

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An emotional evening for me as team Zambia 2015 meets in class together for the first time. How time flies!!! In the past three years I have had the privilege to go to Zambia three times, first to explore possibilities in 2012 and then with two great teams of students in 2013 and 2014. Each group was special and worked so remarkably well together – we hope the same from this new team for 2015!!! Preparations are in high gear from now until May!!!

SLHS in Zambia 2015: it’s official!

Today we decided that we are going to Zambia again this summer! Despite fewer applicants this year due to concerns of families over the Ebola outbreaks in West Africa, and an initial scare over extremely high air fares that looked like they would increase program costs significantly, we have come through!! We have a team of students and will soon be starting preparations and classes – the third time for me doing this, and looking forward to my fourth trip to Zambia. It feels like Zambia is becoming my second home as I have so many memories and friends there now! :) Here are a few…..

The team at Cheshire Homes…
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Following the Beit Cure Mobile ENT truck to Mthunzi Center and meeting Mr. Malama

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The team at Beit Cure Hospital

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The team at PCOE….

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Our UNZA buddies!!…

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And the awesome team at Special Hope Network…

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Not to forget the fun!!

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I’m excited to have the opportunity to go to Zambia again……

2015 begins….

We are back after the semester break and Zambia is on our minds!! Students for the program have been selected and informed and we are awaiting their acceptance! We are also working hard on the budget for the program but higher air fares have increased program costs :(. We are continuing to work with our travel agent to see what we can do to reduce the program costs…..

Also over the semester break I was able to get our beautiful chitenge fabric tailored – wait for pictures to be posted (hopefully soon!) :)

Zambia 2015: the journey….

The past few weeks have been getting into high gear for Zambia 2015! On November 20 we had the privilege of making a presentation about the program and its effects on intercultural learning of our students at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Orlando, FL. Three students from the 2014 program accompanied us and did an outstanding job presenting with us. The talk was very well received by the very engaging and thoughtful audience!

Presenting at the ASHA convention

Presenting at the ASHA convention

Applications for the 2015 program are due today (December 5) and we have already started communicating with various community partners in Zambia regarding their needs for 2015. The excitement of talking with our partners makes me reflect on how fortunate I have been to have participated in three previous trips to Zambia and to be getting ready for my 4th time there!

REUNION #2!!

This is a few days late because I have been so busy!!! But last Saturday September 6th we had the 2nd Reunion of the SLHS in Zambia teams! And what was most heartwarming was that SIX of the 12 students from last year’s program came! Including one surprise student (Jordan) who is now in North Carolina but happened to be in town! What an awesome surprise that was!

Here’s the 2014 team:

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And the six students from the 2013 team….

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And all together now :)

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And one final hurrah!!!

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Hope to have as much success  next year also…..

Here we go again!!!

The fearless leaders ready to go again! :)

The fearless leaders ready to go again! :)

Can’t believe it is time to start again – BUT it is!!! Christi and I have started student recruitment efforts in earnest already and there seems to be a LOT of interest this year already! So much to do, but it is great to have such a good partnership – AND we have our 2nd annual reunion this Saturday where a few of the 2013 alumni will be there along with all the 2014 students!!!

Surprise!

We met in class again this morning and wondered where the students were because we were there and nobody else which is unusual! (there’s usually always a couple of students who are early). Then – ALL 12 students walked in together with a surprise for us – flowers, thank you cards and GREAT gifts: a signed group photo and a lovely scrap book for each of us!Image

Words cannot express how much your thoughtful gesture means to us! THANK YOU for YOUR very important part in making the program so successful. We really appreciate how flexible and willing to go with the flow you all were – even when unexpected things happened. Way to go Team Zambia 2014!! Looking forward to our reunion on September 6th!!!!!! 

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