Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mabote Village!

Google Map View of Mabote Village - Check it out! I think the satellite picture is a bit outdated. I couldn't find a fish farming group's ponds or my actual hut on here, but I'm pretty sure this is Mabote.

My new home.
Check back in a few weeks. I'll be adding my journal entry from second site visit, as well as working on my post Pre Service Training (PST)/entry into village life/what's been going through my head for the past 3 months - blog post.

Also, I have gotten only one suggestion for what to talk about on here so far. Give me something to do, don't let me get bored. I've heard horror stories from previous and current volunteers that when they got bored their pets started talking back to them or they began to translate Shakespeare into Bemba, or Kaonde.


  1. Hey Ben, We hope all is well with you. We have been following this blog and your FB account and are wowed by your experience thus far. sorry we haven't contacted you sooner.We are all very proud of you. Thank you for the wonderful service that you are providing for the locals and for representing our country in such a positive way.
    One thing that we're interested in is the construction of the hut in the Mabote village.
    Does the grass or straw roofing material grow wild or is this something that has to be sown?
    How is it framed and with what materials? What are the walls made of and what are they painted with ? How does this home compare to the locals homes? This is your first homework ( work for the people back home!) assignment from Uncle Larry and Aunt Kim.
    Take care.

  2. Is this house/crib in a large compound like your training site, with chickens, dogs, kids, etc? It looks less crouded.

  3. To Larry and Kim: I was already thinking something like that. It might take a while to get pictures of all the steps, but I'll see what I can do. For now, the houses are pretty much made with all local materials. The clay is found in termite hills to fire and make clay bricks, burnt with local wood. The skeleton of the roof is made with sticks held together by bark, and the straw/grass roof is, well, made from grass.

    To Anonymous: I only saw one dog, and it's down the street a ways so mine will be lonely when I manage to find a puppy. There weren't many kids, but they might have been in school. My hut isn't on a compound like my homestay in Chongwe, I'm independent, but I have one close neighbor who works for the clinic in the next village. I'm also on the edge of the village. Needless to say I'm really liking the setup so far.