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3401Re: [ujeni] Re: Help! Suggestions for to-be trainee?

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  • David Binkowski
    Sep 14, 2002


      It sounds like you have received plenty of great ideas about what to bring on your trip.  You're so lucky to be doing your training in Dedza.  Perhaps my opinion is biased, but I think I had the best post in the country.  I was a volunteer in Dedza for three years teaching math at Mchisu MCDE.  Unfortunately, all the teachers I worked with there have since moved on (I've even heard that one is in jail!).  If you get placed there, you won't be disappointed. 

      You must hike the mountain (a relatively short hike) and then treat yourself to a slice of cheescake at the Pottery shop.  Good luck, enjoy your adventure, and keep us posted!!!

      David Binkowski (94-97)

      >From: "Tighe1"
      >Reply-To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
      >To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [ujeni] Re: Help! Suggestions for to-be trainee?
      >Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 19:19:07 -0000
      >Wow, you guys rock. So many good suggestions. I never thought about
      >the bike repair kit. I never thought about bringing toys for the host
      >family either! Awesome. I suppose I'll just throw in a few articles
      >of clothing and fill the rest with stuff. One thing that several
      >people have suggested is a handheld water purifier. You can buy them
      >in camping stores, but the one they recommend for africa is $200.
      >It's still super small, just expensive. I'm thinking about investing
      >in one. Books and music are definitely on the top of my list, and
      >I've even found a solar powered battery recharger for about 20 bucks.
      >I guess I'm screwed in the rainy season though :)
      >Hearing all of your enthusiasm is really encouraging. Despite all the
      >problems, I thought the country looked pretty inviting. Everyone says
      >the people are super friendly and the country is beautiful. I guess
      >you really can't ask for more.
      >I leave staging on Oct. 1 for Malawi. Surprisingly, the nervous fits
      >I had months ago have turned into pure excitement. I'm ready to have
      >an adventure! I'm doing my training in Dedza (sp?) and apparently it
      >still has a few modern conveniences. So, if I have internet access I
      >will most certainly post. Did anyone who did their service within the
      >last couple of years have regular internet access? Or should I just
      >assume that will be a once a month luxury?

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