Questions and Answers

More questions have rolled in, this time from the class of 2018. So here go a few:

Do you wish you could stay longer?

If the job would change then maybe, but honestly looking forward to coming home for a while.

How old are you?

I’m 26…I was born in 1982

What do you eat and do you like it?

I eat food and I love it. Specifically, the same stuff you eat in the U.S., but there is no fast food where I live.

Where do you sleep?

I have a bed in my own house. this makes for good sleeping usually.

What do you have to play with?

I play soccer a lot, I have a bike that I go for rides around the area, I have a computer for most of my entertainment

What do you do there?

During the week I work, evenings I work out, coach soccer, do some blogging, graphic design. Weekends I like to go on long bike rides, go up the pool at the local lodge, a lot of relaxing.

Have you seen a zebra up close?

10 feet close…lots of them, but none where I live.

Do you enjoy it there?

For the most part it’s great, but would be nice to have more friends/family here with me. It’s relaxing…no tv, no traffic…very quiet.

Where do you stay?

I have my own house within the grounds of the Opuwo hospital

Do you like to take pictures?

Definitely, try to get pictures whenever I can. I actually have a cool project I am working on every day…it’s a secret though.

Have you seen a monkey?

I see a monkey every time I look in the mirror. I have seen some baboons in Namibia…Ms. Reid has also seen them.

Can you speak any of their language?

Aiya…no, not really.

What animals have you seen?

Deep breath…ostrich, elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, oryx, kudu, seals, pelicans, seagulls, cats, dogs, baboons, big birds, small birds, scorpions, snakes, dolphins, goats, sheep, cows, springbok. Still waiting to see cheetahs, leopards, hippos and rhinos.

Do the kids have some clothes like us?

Kids have tshirts, pants, shorts, shoes…basically the same only most only have one or two of each.

What is your job in africa?

I am the regional IT advisor for the Ministry of Health…I fix computers, provide training and give recommendations for the future.

How do you live without electricity?

I have electricity. Most people in Namibia have electricity. Clean water is another matter.

Have you gotten to ride an elephant before?

I don’t believe so…maybe when I was little, but not here. Wild elephants are not very gentle.

Is Namibia exciting?

Depends what you find exciting. I think the whole place is so new and different than the U.S. that that is exciting enough. You can find excitement if you’re looking for it.

Do you know anybody there?

I do now. I didn’t before I arrived.

Why are you there?

I wanted to volunteer my time and knowledge. Get out of the every day work thing.

What is your favorite animal that you have seen in namibia?

Seals and Elephants…both exciting stories.

Are you allowed to ride elephants in africa?

Not sure on this one. I imagine no, but then again if you manage to get on top of one without getting hurt then maybe.

Have you been teaching anything to any children?

I get to play soccer with some kids so I get to help them with that. Other than that I unfortunately don’t get to work with many kids.

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