Tim in Africa

Departing Zambia – 100 Words of Reflection – Part 5 of 5

Departing Zambia – 100 Words of Reflection – Part 5 of 5

| December 13, 2013 | Reply

My last story involves a mindset all travelers should embrace. Just saying yes and seeing where it takes you. This is how adventures happen. Enjoy 100 Words of Reflection, part 5 of 5. The cops never paid – I didn’t know they were police officers until after the booze cruise. The river rippled as we […]

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Departing Zambia – 100 Words of Reflection – Part 4 of 5

Departing Zambia – 100 Words of Reflection – Part 4 of 5

| December 12, 2013 | Reply

Sink or Swim can be the fastest way to learn. Or to drown. In today’s story I overestimate my abilities and get humbled by my new home. Enjoy 100 Words of Reflection, part 4 of 5. The Road Home – Not yet, Lusaka City wasn’t my home. I thought seeing the neighbourhood early in the […]

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Departing Zambia – 100 Words of Reflection – Part 3 of 5

Departing Zambia – 100 Words of Reflection – Part 3 of 5

| December 11, 2013 | Reply

Getting to and from work in Zambia can be interesting. This is when I meet the most interesting people. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. Such is life in today’s story. Enjoy 100 Words of Reflection, part 3 of 5. Go and die white man – It was my first week in Zambia and the […]

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Meanwhile in Canada

Wordfest Calgary: Review of a Book and Author Festival

Wordfest Calgary: Review of a Book and Author Festival

| November 12, 2013 | Reply

A festival celebrating the written word, Wordfest is a not-for-profit charitable organization that brings together readers and writers. It could also be called ‘Bookfest’, ‘Writerfest’, or ‘Meet-the-author-fest’. Focusing on books and the authors who write them, with events like a literary Death Match, workshops, and discussions, Wordfest is one of the largest festivals of its […]

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Welcome to Halloween in Canada!

Welcome to Halloween in Canada!

| October 31, 2013 | 4 Replies

It’s propagating a stereotype, but this year it really did snow right around Halloween. Take a look at these photos of Halloween decorations, taken a few days apart. If you’re spending Halloween in Canada, your costume needs to fit over your snowsuit. This is why. Have you ever been surprised by the weather on Halloween? […]

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Every Fish Counts

Every Fish Counts

| October 15, 2013 | 2 Replies

Fishing is boring. You sit on a boat all day waiting for a pole to dip up and down. If it does (and it might not), a slimy fish flops into your boat. Then you yank a sharp hook out of its mouth/eye/fin/etc. and throw it in a cooler to eat later. This does not […]

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EWB-related

Are Volunteers Underpaid? The Cost of Living in Lusaka City

Are Volunteers Underpaid? The Cost of Living in Lusaka City

| December 3, 2013 | 2 Replies

Volunteering doesn’t exactly pay well and living in Lusaka City is expensive. How much does living in Lusaka cost? I tracked my spending over three months to answer that very question. On average the cost of living in Lusaka is $1,500 USD a month. That is 60% more than my stipend as a volunteer consultant. […]

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Announcing AgBIT: Using Agribusiness Incubators for Development

Announcing AgBIT: Using Agribusiness Incubators for Development

| October 29, 2013 | Reply

Around the world, start-up businesses fail. In Zambia, Agribusiness Incubation Trust is giving some companies a fighting chance. Working for an NGO, Engineers Without Borders, I have traded my sweet job and metal sea container for a more conventional office. I’ve started work as a consultant for Agribusiness Incubation Trust, or “AgBIT”. AgBIT, a business […]

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Getting Sticky on Organic Zambian Honey

Getting Sticky on Organic Zambian Honey

| August 24, 2013 | 3 Replies

“Sometimes the men will complain when they don’t get meat with lunch” says the company owner, “but when I ask if they get to eat meat every day at home, they all say no.” Forest Fruits Ltd produces Zambezi Gold organic honey and provides a sustainable income to over 6,000 beekeepers in rural Zambia (and […]

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Departing Zambia – 100 Words of Reflection – Part 2 of 5

Departing Zambia – 100 Words of Reflection – Part 2 of 5

| December 10, 2013 | Reply

My time volunteering in Zambia has been a blast. Being here five months allowed me to make friends and appreciate Zambia’s culture. Every culture has good and bad points; today’s story is a little less than 100 words and a little less than happy. Enjoy 100 Words of Reflection, part 2 of 5. Bush Taxi […]

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Departing Zambia – 100 Words of Reflection – Part 1 of 5

Departing Zambia – 100 Words of Reflection – Part 1 of 5

| December 9, 2013 | Reply

Five months in Zambia has been an experience. Now, preparing to leave, I’m reflecting on the small things that made Zambia mine. Five months, small things; five small stories release over five days. Enjoy 100 Words of Reflection, part 1 of 5. The man named Japan – He had slaughtered our goat. The animal, and […]

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Zambia Loves to Shake Shake the Budget Booze

Zambia Loves to Shake Shake the Budget Booze

| November 26, 2013 | 4 Replies

“Of course I drink alcohol.” Saying you drink alcohol in Zambia means you drink alcohol. A lot of it. Often. Alcohol abuse in Zambia is a problem and sometimes Zambians look surprised that I drink. Weakly I explain how my alcohol consumption is different from that of the frequent alcohol abuse seen in Zambia. But […]

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