PC Malawi - Third Goal


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PC Malawi - Third Goal

  1. 1. MalawiThe Warm Heart of Africa<br />A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer<br />Kirk Longstein 2008 - 2010<br />
  2. 2. What is Peace Corps?<br />Learning, sharing and exchanging cultural values of America with Malawians <br />Exchanging technical knowledge with host country nationals<br />Learning, Sharing and exchanging cultural values of Malawians with Americans<br />Why did you join?<br />Be the Change you want to see in the world!<br />Curiosity of something I had only heard about<br />Adventure!!<br />
  3. 3. Where is Malawi?<br />
  4. 4. “What’s Malawi Like?”<br />Living in the village….<br />….We wake up, get water and start cooking tea<br />
  5. 5. Most days are full of chores… <br />……Pounding maize, cooking Nsima, <br />and always working in the garden<br />
  6. 6. We Always love to play games!<br />Playing Bao, practicing soccer,<br /> Singing and dancing…<br /> …running and jumping<br />
  7. 7. For children, most of the days were spent at school….<br />…Books, Friends and Sports<br /> yet most children do not finish middle school.<br />
  8. 8. …there is always time to chat…<br />…Anytime of day, we chat about <br /> the weather & crops…<br /> politics , religion & life… <br />
  9. 9. Before the day was over…<br />I always had a new friend.<br />
  10. 10. How did you “Chat?”<br />Chichewa is a Bantu language <br />spoken in Zambia & Malawi<br />MuliBwanji?<br />Nanga Ine, Ndilibwino. Zikomo<br />Ndatakozakubwerakwanu<br />Kufotazkozera<br />zamoyowatu<br />ku Malawi<br />
  11. 11. What did people do for work?<br />Along the lake shore<br /> people relied on fish for food and for sale.<br />…But you would have a hard time<br /> finding a Malawian that doesn’t farm.<br />
  12. 12. What did you Eat?<br />Twice a day, everyday….<br />Nsimandindiwo<br />
  13. 13. Cultural Dances<br />The Gule wan Kulu are Chewa dancers invoked by spirits of the graveyard…<br /> Their dance expresses socially significant people , places and events <br />The Chitimeka are Tonga woman celebrating the elegance and grace of womanhood.<br />
  14. 14. Public Transport<br />A planed trip to town meant cold drinks and good food<br /> …But was it worth it?<br />FACT: The most dangerous place in Malawi<br /> …the tarmac roads.<br />
  15. 15. My House<br />
  16. 16. What do people ask about America?<br />What type of food do you eat?<br />What do you do for fun?<br />What do people do for work?<br />How many are in your family?<br />Where do you pray?<br />
  17. 17. What is Community Based Natural Resource Management?<br />Providing the incentives to conservation<br /> by exposing people to creative uses<br /> of resources in their own back yards.<br />
  18. 18. Community Health services<br />As Peace Corps Volunteers we all have a responsibility<br /> to educate towards public Health<br />FACT: Malaria kills more people in Malawi than HIV/AIDS<br />FACT: A better nutritional diet can prevent most common illness<br />
  19. 19. Zaqwana!<br />My experiences in Malawi<br /> were filled with beautiful places <br /> and beautiful people.<br />27months was not long enough. <br /> If I had the opportunity, I would do it again.<br />