I thought I’d share what typical work days looked like for me. On Mondays, we work in the office in Lilongwe for the whole day (7:30am – 4:30pm), and on Fridays we do the same, though we leave at 1pm. On Tuesdays through Thursdays, we work in the office for an hour, and then pile into the Land Cruiser and head out to camp. It takes between forty-five minutes and an hour to reach Dzaleka, and the transport time is spent working on computers, conducting meetings with other staff in the vehicle, and chatting. When we arrive in camp, I generally head over to the Special Needs classroom and check in with the teachers and students. On some days, I spend an hour or two observing and helping out in the class, but on most days I have errands to run or other meetings to attend – for instance, with the Umoja Crafts group. Around noon, we go to lunch at one of our routine restaurants – either Shabani’s Rafiki Restaurant, or a new restaurant opened by a group of vulnerable women with support from JRS. After lunch, we walk through the market and pick up any vegetables or other items that we might need, and then head back to the office. My afternoons are frequently spent working on the computer, completing research, writing reports for the classroom, and emailing with contacts for the special needs class. At 3:45pm, everyone piles back into the Land Cruiser and we drive back into the city to arrive for the end of the work day and head home at 4:30pm. Evenings often involve working on papers for school assignments, trying to cook dinner in between power or water cuts, and hanging out with friends. However, because days in Malawi start so early, a late bedtime is around 9:30 or 10pm!
Welcome! My name is Katiana and I am a development professional pursuing my dream to live out Isaiah 1:17 to the best of my abilities. I am passionate about teaching and working with vulnerable families and children to improve their lives sustainably.
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