Describing life – Living in Chisunka

Oct 15th, 2014 David Berger 1 min read

Describing PC Life in Chisunka, Zambia. Reflections from when I was 24. A short video from my service when I was 24, describing my catchment and post.

Ubulwele Bwa Mpepo

Sep 15th, 2014 David Berger 1 min read

This is a short video that I recorded during my service, I had hoped to make a series of health talks in local language, and have them for use with a T.V. and USB capable DVD player for when the clinic had power access. The idea didn’t work out, but I still have many of the files, and I’d like to share some of them with you!

Sunset in South Luangwa

Zambia Bound, Round II

Aug 15th, 2014 David Berger 2 min read

Home leave had been a fantastic break, and I felt recharged and ready to get back to Zambia at the end of my visit. It had been wonderful, to say the least. Visiting Home, the comfort of family and hot showers, the convenience of shopping centers, cars, electricity, a beautiful and awe inspiring road trip through Colorado, seeing good friends and having a blast with…

Ringing Out – My last week as a PCV

Oct 14th, 2013 David Berger 3 min read

In my last post I talked a little bit about how I had arranged my packing during my last week, and how I had used it to reinforce my commitment to returning to Zambia. I also spoke a little bit about the sequence of events that occurred that week. I ended up with my heading back to the Lusaka to spend my last few days…

Packing up – planning for the year ahead

Oct 12th, 2013 David Berger 4 min read

Training had come to a close, I’d begun the training program to become a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader, and I was busy readying myself internally for the next adventure. Sitting on the lower corner of my bed, I straightened and focused on my breathing. In the small, cluttered room of my lodge, I was surrounded by the intimate smells of fresh coffee and soap from…

Training, PCV Technical Trainer

Sep 18th, 2013 David Berger 3 min read

I arrived back at the Chongwe training site on the 13th of July 2013. It was a quiet Friday, and I had my gear tucked into the back of a Peace Corps Landcruiser. I was ready for a little bit of an adventure, excited to meet the new trainees, and couldn’t wait to settle in to my new home. I mentioned before that I’d been…

CoS Conference: Saying Goodbye

Sep 16th, 2013 David Berger 3 min read

It’s been a little while since I was able to write in an update, and a lot has happened in between, but let me start off today by jumping back to early July – July 8th through the 13th in fact. I left off having just arrived in Lusaka, lost in the shining mirrored glass and steel of Levy Junction, and having a bite to…

Headed to Samfya for the Fourth of July!

Jul 23rd, 2013 David Berger 3 min read

Good morning all, In my last post I talked about visiting my neighbor, and about the hard news that I received before I headed over to Samfya for the Fourth of July. I talked about how difficult it was to receive that news, and I mentioned the feelings of helplessness and hurt that surround us when we lose friends, but are thousands of miles away….

Visiting Stephanie and meeting new friends

Jul 20th, 2013 David Berger 5 min read

Good Morning! I’m continuing to post and trying to catch up, and on that note here’s the next update! I’d left my site the day before, and after settling my dad’s big Osprey backpack into a corner of the provincial house, and my little orange Quechua pack sitting on a bunk in the dorm rooms, I was on my way again. I had a mission…