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M.A.M.A. A.F.R.I.C.A.

By antsiness on 2013.08.11 In Antsy sun

Ready to go.

Ready to go. 

Cold. Warm. Sun. Darkness. Friends. Knowledge. Development. Hope.

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Touched down in Africa – a whole new continent that I never visited before.

A bit confused, tired and cold – but yet excited.

I travelled from Norway last monday together with my eleven other colleagues and our norwegian coordinator Lind Gustafsdottir from the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports.

Oslo – London – Johannesburg – Lusaka

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Johannesburg.

Up up & away.

Up up & away.

UNZA.

We are all gathered at the University of Zambia located in Lusaka, Zambia.

We are here for our general orientation (GO), a course that is supposed to give us knowledge and prepare us for what’s waiting ahead.

We are taking part of an exchange programme by The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports. Idrettens Fredskorps is also funded by Fredskorpset (FK) – this is an organization that includes many different exchange programs and is a part of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It’s the 12th year this exchange program takes place. And the exchange is done from north to south, south to north and south to south.

Some of the volunteers crossing campus in search of a pool.

Some of the volunteers crossing campus in search of a pool.

At the GO we get to meet all the participants – also the others going north and south.
We are prepped in a way that will help us when we get to our new homes and workplaces for the next ten months.

So far the facilitators have done an excellent job on making us – first of all – comfortable in our new environment but at the same time they have created a team and a growing family despite our different backgrounds and expectations.

Tea break.

Tea break.

During the days we attend class and activities.

Lynette.

Lynette – Sport and Recreation Commission, Zimbabwe.

Noah.

Noah – Kicking Aids Out.

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It’s a packed and hectic schedule but I guess this also helps us stay focused.

These are only some of the subjects we already touched.

– Cross cultural communication
– Kicking Aids Out
– Development relations

Me and my roomie Bulie.

Me and my roomie Bulie.

The African way of life and their methods for engaging people is a bit different from the norwegian. I can already after just one week say that I’ve learnt a lot and I’m excited to bring my new knowledge with me when I’ll go home next june.

Let the journey begin.

Andrea

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