I know it’s been a while since I last posted. Part of that is because I’ve been incredibly busy; another part is because for the last three weeks I’ve been going through Community Based Training (CBT) at a school in Northern Namibia. Before I move into my experiences during CBT, I just want to say—Namibia is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet.
Community Based Training began by spending the night in Rundu, one of the larger towns in the Kavango region. All of us—the Trainees studying Rukwangali, Thimbukushu, Rumanyo, and Silozi—bonded and sat through some technical sessions on what to expect in a Namibian school. The next morning, the group split, with those of us studying Rukwangali moving to a smaller town nearby.
It was so nice to be out of a major town and to experience a different side of Namibia. It’s a much different way of life, without a lot of the frills living in a major city, with different family dynamics and different priorities. My family lived on a large homestead, and each member had their own house. My host mother and father lived in the main house with their youngest son and another young family member, and I lived across the homestead in a stand-alone house.
I don’t want people back home to get the wrong idea about villages in Namibia. They’re not all like the image you have in your head. My family—and many others in the village—had free standing houses made of cinderblocks and concrete, and many also had electricity, refrigerators, and of course —flat screen televisions. Even the traditional houses, made of stone and mud with thatched roofs, had power and lights.
Living with host families has been an amazing way to learn so much about Namibian culture, and is one of my favorite things about training. I ate the staple meal—pap with chicken, meat, or fish—every day (sometimes multiple times a day!), and would spend the evenings discussing cultural topics. Every night my mother, an English teacher at a school just up the road, and I spoke about marriage culture in Namibia, education issues, inheritance and religion.
My next post will be about the school and my experiences in the Education system.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog are mine, and do not represent any position taken by the Peace Corps or the U.S. Government.
Hi I'm Drew!
I'm currently a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in the Kavango West Region of Northern Namibia.
Please note: The contents of this blog are mine, and do not represent any position taken by the Peace Corps or the U.S. Government