I have been on a whirlwind tour of Zambia in the past three weeks (or so).
Upon arriving we stopped in Lusaka for about 36 hours, during which I visited the main office and got a lot of paperwork, lectures, etc..
We then moved to the Central Province where I had a site visit for 5 days in the Kubundi district. We split up in Lusaka into our 4 language groups (Tonga for me, southern province of Zambia).
We basically lived in a village with a language instructor and saw what some current volunteers do for this time.
After that, we headed to our training site near Kitwe town in the Kitwe district at a place called Mwekera. I moved into a Tonga-speaking homestay and have been living with them for the training which consists of at least 8-hour days, 6 days a week involving language, technical, and other skill development.
I am incredibly busy and have just now been getting adjusted to my new life (for the next 6 weeks).
After that I will head to the Southern Province where I will be put in a new site previously untouched by PC volunteers. I will then have lots of time.
I have figured out some things such as: I will not have a phone and e-mail will be every three months or so. Snail mail is the best bet and the address for the next two years is as follows:
P.O. Box 630569
Choma, Southern Province, Zambia
I am very well though my schedule is kicking my booty. Today is my day off and I already washed all my clothes (by hand) and helped cook nshima for lunch. My homestay father is waiting for me so we can do a bit of planting upon my return.
Love and hugs to all.
(i'll try to update before I head into the field, but no promises as my day off is pretty hectic)