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S.O.U.T.H.A.F.R.I.C.A.

By antsiness 2013.12.08 in Antsy sun

 

U.N.I.V.E.R.S.I.T.Y.

After the Youth Education through Sport Festival in Masvingo we started our travels to Cape Town and South Africa.
The course we are taking through Norges Idrettshøyskole also containes a week at

the University of Western Cape.

Sports, culture and development cooperation.

School. Studies. Exams.

T.I.C.K.E.T.S.

Thought we had them, didn’t have them. Had to buy them – at the airport.

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M.E.E.T.I.N.G.T.H.E.O.T.H.E.R.S.

Smiles. Laughter. Experiences. Talk. Hugs.

Ready for the next week – together.

Andrea

T.R.A.V.E.L.

By antsiness 2013.12.07 in Antsy sun

 

Our stay in Masvingo is over, me and the Norwegian boys are on our way back to Harare.

B.U.S.

Love public transportation.
We will stay in Harare over night – and continue our journey to South Africa and Cape Town tomorrow.

Oh. Yeah.

Can´t wait to meet the other volunteers that are based in Zambia and South Africa.

Andrea

M.I.D.T.E.R.M.

By antsiness 2013.12.06 in Antsy sun

M.A.S.V.I.N.G.O.

The National Youth Education through Sport Festival (YES) is being held between the 4th and 8th of December.

Due to this the management of the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) decided to arrange our midterm evaluation of the Youth Sport Exchange Program (YSEP) prior to the event in Masvingo.


E.X.P.E.C.T.A.T.I.O.N.S.

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The other volunteers together with staff from the SRC.

We have been reflecting on our work so far during our placement and also prepared for the period after midterm.

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Bjørn and Amon demonstrating various types of martial arts.

F.I.E.L.D.E.X.C.U.R.S.I.O.N.

The SRC arranged a field trip for us and the rest of the staff at the midterm evaluation.

G.R.E.A.T.Z.I.M.B.A.B.W.E.

It is said that you have not been to Zimbabwe before you get to experience the cradle of the country

– The ruins of Great Zimbabwe.

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Group photos are tough.

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YSEP Volunteers.
Amon, Bjørn, Sigve & me.

 

Great Zimbabwe is a ruined city in the southeastern hills of Zimbabwe near Lake Mutirikwe and the town of Masvingo, close to the Chimanimani Mountains and the Chipinge District. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe during the country’s Late Iron Age. Construction on the monument by ancestors of the Shona people began in the 11th century and continued until the 14th century, spanning an area of 722 hectares (1,780 acres) which, at its peak, could have housed up to 18,000 people. It is recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Great Zimbabwe served as a royal palace for the Zimbabwean monarch and would have been used as the seat of political power. One of its most prominent features were the walls, some of which were over five metres high and which were constructed without mortar. Eventually the city was abandoned and fell into ruin.

(Wikipedia)

 

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Newsten, Linnet & Simba.

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Great Zimbabwe ruins.

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Norwegians are happy to be walking uphill.

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View.

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Great Zimbabwe ruins.

Y.E.S.

As mentioned the National Youth Education through Sport (YES) is being held now in the beginning of December

This is a program the SRC use to attract youth that are in and out of schools. This way they are able to provide the youth with knowledge and life skills that would make it easier to face the challenges they meet in life. The program has equal focus on peer leader education, community projects and sports.

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Entrance to one of the classrooms used for peer leader education.

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Peer leader session.

We get to take part and assist during this event, and also experience the

F.U.N.

Andrea

 

S.H.O.N.A.

By antsiness 2013.12.02 in Antsy sun

As part of Idrettens Fredskorps you also take part of a culture exchange.

L.A.N.G.U.A.G.E.

In Zimbabwe the population speak mostly shona, ndebele and english.

In my hometown Harare shona is the most common language and I have now started my language lessons.

For two weeks I had 30 minutes shona lessons every day – followed by 30 minutes sign language.

I’m enjoying every part of it.

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The words I learn in Shona I also learn in sign language.

Monday – Movhuro
Tuesday – Chipiri
Wednesday – Chitatu
Thursday – China
Friday – Chishanue
Saturday – Mogovera
Sunday – Svondo

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Coach Prosper and Precious at the last language lesson before Christmas.

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Christmas and Norwegian “Ole Brum kake”.

Thank you – Tusen Takk – Maitabasa

Andrea

P.R.

By antsiness 2013.11.26 in Antsy sun

Streets.

Streets.

 

Did you check my article in my local newspaper back home?

Text and photos here.

 

Andrea

M.A.P.U.T.O.

By antsiness 2013.11.04 in Antsy sun

Before I left my home to go to Africa I tried to visit most of my friends.

By doing this I got told that Jenny were performing at a festival in Maputo in the beginning of November.

Sure thing I had to go.

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Great to experience Maputo.

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Also got to meet up with Helene and Ida that work as volunteers in Zambia.

WATER. FUN. PORTUGESE. CULTURE.

Just arriving at the airport made me feel like I was closer to home and Europe.

C.O.N.C.E.R.T.

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The festival was arranged by Norwegian Foreign Affairs and included young artists from several countries. Thorvald Stoltenberg  was also presented with an award for his work in the country.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R.

As the day of the concert arrived – so did the rains.

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S.O.A.K.E.D.

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The concert was held close to the cathedral in Maputo city and with an estimate of 30.000 spectators.

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For sure it’s going to be something I will remember for a long time.

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Meeting friends from home also made me realize that going home for christmas will be more than a good thing.

Andrea

N.I.F.

By antsiness 2013.11.04 in Antsy sun

V.I.S.I.T.O.R.S.

In October representatives visited from The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF).

Due to this a workshop for the offices in all the ten provinces of Zimbabwe were arranged. Also including the participants of the Youth Sport Exchange Programme (YSEP).

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Nice to meet and greet, to hang out with the other boys that take part i the programme, and also to be able to reflect and discuss how our stay is going so far.

Andrea

W.A.T.E.R.F.A.L.L.S.

By antsiness 2013.10.18 in Antsy sun

When home comes to visit.

M.O.M.E.N.T.S

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Flying to Vic Falls.

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Lunchin’ – Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

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Up Up & Away.

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The pilot.

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Chasing waterfalls.

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Got ourselves a new car.

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Dinner and Zambezi river. 

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Lion King.

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Mosquito heaven.

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Boarder of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Skjermbilde 2013-10-27 kl. 17.22.55

111 meters free fallin’.

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Hwange National Park.

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Animal Planet.

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“Mange rare folk og dyr.”

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Safari.

Hello.

Hello.

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Roadtrip.

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Visiting Sigve/Chipo in Bulawayo.

Home meets home.

Home meets home.

 

L.O.V.E.

 

Andrea

D.I.F.F.E.R.E.N.T.

By antsiness 2013.10.05 in Antsy sun

Two months since I left home.
I’m surrounded by seven children in a small classroom in one of the districts of Harare.
I’m writing the results for a tournament held in preparation for the Youth Education through Sports Programme 2013.

The YES Programme 2013.

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Smile.

 

FOOD. HOUSE. PEOPLE. LANGUAGE. SMELL. AIR.

C.U.L.T.U.R.E.

First time ever to see a rat. Our kitchen. Inside our stove.

Did I scream – YES.

Did they laugh – YES.

Easy to say my life as I know it has now changed for the next period of time – until next june.

Do I miss home – YES.

Do I enjoy my new surroundings – YES.

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Mbare, Harare.

 

FRIENDLY. POLITE. SUN. WIND. DUST. WATER. BLACK. WHITE.

C.E.L.E.B.R.I.T.Y.

Getting used to my new status as a celeb. Most of my time is spent in communities with no other white persons around.
And it’s not easy to hide.

White lady. Snowflake. Carrot. Pinky.

I’m already writing autographs.

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Community visit.

B.A.S.I.C.S.

I’ve got a new African family.

As 25 and used to living alone it can be a challenge.

As a family person it’s a benefit.

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Me, Junior and Fadzi making rice porrige and listening to Bon Iver.

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Jungle gym.

Usually I wake up around 05.30-06.00.

Since obviously we go to bed around 19-20.00.

It’s dark at 18.00.

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Newsten – Provincial coordinator at the QE Office

Work time changes from day to day but normally it would be from somewhere between 07.30-17.00.

I work for the Sport and Recreation Commision of Zimbabwe on a provincial level – Harare Metropolitan Province.

Our offices are stationed at the National Sport Stadium in Belwadere and in Queen Elisabeth Girl High in the city centre of Harare.

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Earlybirds at Queen Elisabeth Girl High raising their hand for girls.

A.F.R.I.C.A.N.T.I.M.E.
Takes time.

Getting used to the attitude towards time management and it is killing me – brutally.

But I’m guessing I’ll be African when June arrives.

It does affect the work situation and as Norwegian the sudden changes in the daily plan can seem a bit confusing. A challenge but a good quality to be able to master.

At this time we mostly work on the ongoing YES Programme 2013. Arranging workshops for stakeholders, schools, trainers etc. And also do follow ups in the communities. Observing and assisting at practise and also during tournaments.

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Percy facilitating on a workshop in Hopley, Harare.

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Invitation to workshop.

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Stakeholders workshop at Prince Edward School, Harare.

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Assisting netball practise during our community visit, Hopley.

F.O.O.D.

The sadza (made from corn flour and water) is doing my stomach no good.
I had to adjust my diet accordingly since this often takes part in every meal.

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Carbs vs. protein.

It’s normal to eat three times a day. Main meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Big meals.

And lets not forget the tea, every day around 10.00 in the morning. Often accompanied with bread or pastry.

 Salads and fruits – not so much.

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Sugar mama.

Desserts and pastry – hell yeah.

H.O.T.

I’m used to the Norwegian summer and maybe 25 degrees celsius on a good day.

Here it might be 25 degrees celsius on a cold day.

Attended a women football tournament.

Knocked me out.

Lasted 15 minutes before I needed to throw up.

Got sick the next week.

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Coach Prosper with players from Cyclone Stars during tournament in Guruve.

Feeling better. Drinking 5 liters water a day. For real.

M.I.S.S.I.N.G.

I’m happy to be in Harare and Zimbabwe, and I’m starting to adjust to the people and also the culture.

I’m now able to move around on my own.

At this point I don’t miss that much from home.

Other than my friends and family to share my new experiences with.

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Missurightback.

Hopefully I’ll see them soon.

..And maybe hot water in the shower and a stable internet connection.

Andrea

Z.I.M.B.A.B.W.E.

By antsiness 2013.09.08 in Antsy sun

After 10 days of general orientation in Lusaka, Zambia, the YSEP Volunteers were separated.
It was now time to depart.

We were five participants heading for Zimbabwe.

Bjørn. Marte. Amon. Sigve. Andrea.

Our national coordinator from the Sport and Recreation Commission had arranged for us to travel by bus to Harare.

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“Ut på tur – aldri sur”

 

It is not hard to admit that every day is accompanied with a new first.
New experiences would be key words for the next ten months in our new homes.

Let’s put it like this. Travelling by bus in Norway and travelling by bus in african countries might differ just a tad.

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Culture exchange.

 

Crossing the boarder from Zambia.

Crossing the border from Zambia.

 

Bumpy. Sweat. People. Noise. Tired. Dust. Luggage. Crowded.

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Me and Sigve.

 

Finish line.

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H.A.R.A.R.E.

After getting our «white man luggage» (mountain backpacks) from the roof of our bus we checked in at The Bronte – a hotel – for the next days.

We rested for a bit but it was also time to start preparing for our new homes.

Ma boys.

 

We visited the Embassy of Norway and the Embassy of Tanzania to register and recieve information.

But also other things had to be sorted.

Mosquito nets. Helmets. Phone lines. Blankets. Pillows. Bikes. Internet. Bedding.

S.P.E.C.I.F.I.C. O.R.I.E.N.T.A.T.I.O.N.

As new Zimbabweans we needed our spesific orientation.

Luckily for us the National Youth Games of Zimbabwe were held from the 18th to 24th of august.
Just in time for us to join.

The SRC arranged the spesific orientation in a way that allowed us to experience the games at the same time that we got an introduction to the history of  Zimbabwe and also to our new workplaces.

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Team Harare.

 

For us a useful way to get a uniqe input on the cultural aspect you can only experience and not be told.

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Marte met up with us in Bulawayo.

After a week of attending The National Youth Games in Bulawayo it was time to go home.

This time we traveled in car with our provincial coordinators following the busses with athletes. No longer travelling as a YSEP volunteer group. All of us with different destinations.

Mutare. Bulawayo. Harare. Bindura. Tsholotsho.

An eight hour drive from Bulawayo to Harare to meet my host family.

H.O.M.E.

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Braeside. My neighborhood.

The gate opened and there was my zim mum and my big brother.

Nervous.

I carried my bags from the back of the car and into the house.

Or actually my coordinator did. Since women are not supposed to carry if there is a man that can do so.

We gathered around a table in the living room. Me, my mother and my coordinator.

Words were exchanged and information shared.

They showed me my room and then dinner was served.

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Home.

Andrea

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