It might be the fact that I no longer belong to the world of 9 to 5, or the fact that I’m simply away from home, but I’m excited about another Monday in Zambia.
Again it could be due to the fact my life is so vastly different to what it was six months ago. Oh the memory – each Monday I would wrestle with myself to get out of bed and face the crazy Melbourne traffic on the way to my compartment of an office.
It is my second Monday at the Our Rainbow House School in Zambia, and it may start out in a similar way to last week. But I guarantee it won’t finish the same.
As a volunteer my Monday starts very early – often around the 5:30am. Why? Well, as my bed is situated in one of the class rooms I need to pack up my bedding, and bed-side items before breakfast. If we’re lucky the power is on and I can grab a hot coffee before dressing for the day and breakfast.
Long before breakfast hits the table the night and day Guards have swapped shifts; Mable the wonderful Cook has started preparing 50+ breakfasts for the students and staff; and the Guinea Fowl that roost on the water tower frame outside my bedroom window have told the world it’s time to get up. (I’ve named the Guinea Fowl Maggie, Mildred, and Martha.)
The main Volunteer quarters house a single bed, as well as the kitchen area, and access to the shower and toilet. It also happens to be the main (and only) office for the Project Supervisor. You can imagine how full the space becomes with three volunteers armed with coffees and laptops.
By 7:30am children and teachers have begun arriving ready to start their day.
They tell me its winter here – but compared to the frosty wintery mornings being experienced by my loved ones back in Melbourne – give me Zambian winter any day. Another reason to enjoy another Monday in Zambia.
To find out more about what's been happening with Our Rainbow House in Zambia and Australia check out the July Newsletter
I look forward to sharing more with you all.