Reflections on Service – Choice and Volunteering

Nov 30th, 2011 David Berger 8 min read

Choose to be yourself, choose to savor every moment, and to share your blessings with those who did not have access to the same resources, choose to stand forward, and give. Even a man with nothing can step forward and choose to give everything. When I worked for the American Red Cross in the Arizona Chapters Emergency Services division, I had the opportunity to volunteer and give aid during Arizona’s largest fire. I saw families and individuals who had lost everything, homes burned, all possessions gone, health threatened… families without a roof over their head. Yet they choose to step forward and give of themselves. Now as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the developing world, I see the same human drive, the same beautiful moments, spirit, and soul. People with nothing, choose to step forward and volunteer. To give the only thing they have, time and love. Instead of wallowing in despair and fear, alone and without hope, they step forward to change their lives and make a difference for those that follow. Churchill had it right, that is the power of making a life.

Homesickness?

Nov 24th, 2011 David Berger 8 min read

What is homesick? What does it feel like? Who feels it? Why oh why do we feel it? Why is it so different for every single person? Man! Tough questions! Do I have the answers? Well, for me…but it’s all intensely personal. Each person has a unique and original response to travel and adapting to the unfamiliar. I’d like to answer based on my feelings…

It’s the little things …

Nov 22nd, 2011 David Berger 3 min read

Good morning, You know, I’ve never really realized the importance of certain small things, until I moved to the African bush. Let’s talk a little about me, why, because that Toby Keith song is playing in the background on my Goal Zero Speakers (I Wanna Talk About Me). I’m a Health Volunteer in sub-Saharan Africa. I live at the same level of income as those…

Living on the edge… of the perfect life:

Nov 19th, 2011 David Berger 2 min read

Hey all! What a great day. I’ve had a blast these last few weeks and I love the positive feedback and warm reception to my blogs. It’s greatly appreciated. I love your questions, letters, notes, posts, likes, etc. You guys are great. This last week has been a whirlwind of activity. Monday and Tuesday was spent working on projects and identifying work, checking in on…

Cookin’ with … um… well … wood! Hah!

Nov 18th, 2011 David Berger 4 min read

I hope ya’ll remember that nice catchphrase, “Now you’re cookin with gas!” Well, I don’t have the gas, but I am cooking. Today it’s soya beans! Pretty exciting I know. Well, lets start off with my stockpile. I purchased 22kg of raw soya beans from a local farm. They use it as animal feed…go figure…the animals eat it and get fat but people don’t! We’ll…

Bore Holes

Nov 17th, 2011 David Berger 3 min read

Hey all! It’s November 15th, time is flying by. I’ll be picking up mail on the 18th and can’t wait to hear from ya’ll! Be sure to write and to ask me questions! Alternatively you can FB me, or write ma n pa, and ask them to forward questions to me. I’ll get to it! The following is my opinion, does not reflect the opinion…

Water Use and Cooking in the Bush

Nov 15th, 2011 David Berger 6 min read

Hey All! Sorry I’ve been offline for a while! A lot of you have been writing, commenting, and giving me positive feedback on my blog! Love it! Please keep it up 8) It’s a great morale booster and beneficial to my mental health! You’ve also been asking questions, which I love! I can’t wait to get these answers out to you. Please don’t hesitate to…

Aha! One mouse down! Three trillion to go…

Nov 12th, 2011 David Berger 1 min read

Seriously, like an inexhaustible supply of rodent-sized protein, and no, I did not eat ‘im. Termites, black ants, caterpillars, dried fish, strange meat I’ll do. Charcoal roasted mouse… No. Well… Not until I run out of those other things. Oo! On a rediculously exciting note, I now have a pet bat. How you poison a bat I don’t know, but how you prevent them from…

Busy, busy, busy

Nov 10th, 2011 David Berger 2 min read

Hey all! I know I’ve been quiet for a while. Part of that roller coaster ride. I’ve been really busy with work, and today is my anniversary! One month in Chisunka and making fantastic progress! Last week was crazy and this week has just been a trip! This week is child health week. Twice a year it’s a huge push for child monitoring, immunizations, and…