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In one of his popular TedTalk videos, Sir Kenneth Robinson proposes an idea: education systems nurture, rather than undermine creativity. “One, [intelligence] is diverse. We think about the world in all the ways that we experience it. We think visually, we think in sound, we think kinesthetically. We think in abstract terms, we think in movement. Secondly, intelligence is..

On August 20th, I went to one of the Goat Project’s that is being done by the community here in Nkayi.  We hear about the importance, especially around Christmas time when the Gift Catalogue gets more of a push, of giving goats and other animals to people in communities such as Nkayi, Zimbabwe. This meeting was..

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Something has been bothering me since I’ve gotten here, and the longer I’m here, the more it deeply troubles me. Animals are treated so differently here in Zimbabwe than they are in Canada. In Canada, animals are friends.  They are companions, and family members.  I’ve grown up having a dog.  I remember that when my..

I walk everywhere.  For the most part, I don’t rollerblade or ride a bike, and I don’t love driving.  I’m a walker.  For me, walking is more relaxing.  Walking allows me to observe my surroundings.  It allows me to read posters on windows and change my mind about where I’m going on a whim.  I..

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Salibonani.  Ngiyathaba Ukukwazi! That means: Hello, how are you?, Pleased to meet you! I know there are people starting to read this blog who haven’t been journeying with me from the beginning.  I’m glad you’re joining me. Yesterday was an exciting day.  I’ve been struggling with feeling like I haven’t been doing anything, or seeing..

Somebody tried to sell me a banana the other day for a dollar. Notice that I said “a”. “A” banana. One banana, for one dollar. I said “no thanks”, and carried on. And I hadn’t thought much of it until just now. In Canada, you can get a good bundle of about five bananas for..

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Nkayi, Zimbabwe.  That’s where I am right now, and where I will be based for the next six months.  Nkayi is about 600km Zimbabwe’s capitol, Harare, and roughly 150km from Bulawayo (which is where most people head for the weekends).  The population for this project is 21,215.  These are some different facts about the community. ..

I am done my first week and a half, so I figured I would share some things I have learned and/or experienced. The 24th was my first day, and I went to the World Vision office in Bulawayo.  I’ve been finding myself, even still, wanting to work outside instead of inside.  It’s so beautiful outside..

Salibonani! Ibizo lami ngingu Sherrie, isibongo sami ngingu Chiarot. That means:  How are you?  My name is Sherrie, my surname is Chiarot. This is the traditional Ndebele greeting. My name is Sherrie-Lee Chiarot, and I have just started a contract position with World Vision; a description of the project that I am working on will..

I have completed my training with the Center for Intercultural Learning. It was challenging, but reassuring. I was one of just a few in the room who didn’t have an International Development background, either due to experience or undergraduate studies, so I was pretty intimidated. But it was re assuring that I understood most of..

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