What is love?

Feb 27th, 2012 David Berger 2 min read

Love, a genuinely impossible subject. Love, emotion, rationality, irrational behaviour, loss of control, free spirit, feeling complete. Dark cruel thoughts, bright romanticism and feeling lost in the overpowering glare of light. Love is such a multi-faceted emotion. It can drive you crazy just trying to figure out which love you’re feeling…let alone try and understand why another loves you. Let’s take a look. There’s the…

Work and freedom

Feb 26th, 2012 David Berger 2 min read

According to our manuals there are four primary duties of a health extension volunteer: 1. Sensitize and educate on decentralization of the government and health sector in Zambia, and the role of Peace Corps in that system. 2. Form/reform neighborhood health committees and help them understand their role. 3. Capacity build community-based organizations, neighborhood health committees, and individuals. 4. Act as a linkage to the…

Family

Feb 20th, 2012 David Berger 4 min read

There is no future for a child without family. Not in this world. We owe our success and defeats in large part to our families. I’ve been spectacularly blessed. I’ve had the good grace to be welcomed in many families, people who love and support me without question – the Wolf Pack, my own flesh and blood, and that circle of close friends I’ve made….

A collapsed latrine

Feb 16th, 2012 David Berger 2 min read

What a surprise…a rumble…a crack…cement splitting, the floor turning on angle, walls sliding out, brick mortar raining down, a flood of light and a quick exchange of fouled air for fresh. At least that’s how I imagine it. While in Mansa, on business my pit latrine collapsed into it’s, well, it’s pit, haha. It seems I have some basic construction lessons to teach in addition…

Goal Zero Solar Systems: A Review

Feb 12th, 2012 David Berger 4 min read

Hey all, thought I’d take some time tonight to write a quick review of my GoalZero gear. You guys know me pretty well, but for those newcomers, My name is David N. Berger. Age 24, an ASU graduate in Global Studies. I’m a community development and health volunteer in Eastern Sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically I’m located in remote Northern Zambia in the sub tropic zone near…

Rainy days, sweet freedom

Feb 6th, 2012 David Berger 3 min read

I am a volunteer. A man, free. I choose to give of myself, its a price I pay willingly in exchange for complete freedom of my soul. I can never forget it, it permeates every ounce of my being. Freedom isn’t free, its a choice, and each choice has a cost. But sacrifices make what you earn so sweet. It’s raining again. This afternoon the…