Its good to have variety in your job!

Lisa Gower / Published August 04, 2012 02:53 PM

.Often my parents email me and ask me ‘what have I done today?’ sometimes I am sure that they don’t believe me and I am making things up. After living here for nearly four years what would seem highly bizarre and unreal in my previous life back in the UK is run of the mill for me now! Previously being late for work was due to congestion on the roads, now its because I can’t get out of my house due to an elephant being a stone’s throw away or a troop of bickering baboons sorting themselves in the morning after bouncing about on my roof with unnecessary energy at five in the morning!

Variety is the spice of life and my job certainly gives me variety! One day I am welcoming guests to Mfuwe Lodge, organising activity programmes and making sure that guests have an enjoyable stay and the next I could be meeting some of our 260 sponsored pupils and dealing with any issues they may have, checking their progress reports and making sure they are being serious about their studies, the following day I could be unloading one of the 40ft containers that have been kindly shipped in from the UK recently, crammed full of school equipment to allocate to the schools we support within the area. Tree planting, fund raising, and working with schools to see how we can support by renovation, improving the infrastructure or providing necessary materials are also areas I get involved in.

It certainly is never boring and when I have faced some challenges or issues during the day it does not take long for me to calm down after popping into the village or one of the schools and meeting up with some of the children we support, always entertaining! Generally when I am in the village or at school it’s a chant of ‘Madam, Madam, and Madam’ ‘Lisa, Lisa, Lisa’ I can’t go anywhere unnoticed without a following of children!. Despite the constant challenges the community have I have never lived somewhere so positive and always greeted with a Good Morning or Afternoon and a big smile.!

Watch this space for more updates on what I get up to in my job!



Comments


Ian Salisbury

Commented August 04, 2012 07:16 PM
If variety really is the spice of life....then your daily routine puts you up there with the "Tabasco"! Great to see that life in a safari lodge is about so much more than just watching animals...your work with local communities clearly demonstrates how tourism can really benefit the local people.

Richard

Commented August 05, 2012 08:15 PM
Great first journal post ! You're doing a great job over there and it sounds so exciting. Keep posting !

Sonya Bradley

Commented August 07, 2012 03:05 PM
Reading your post made me smile. You are an wonderfully inspiring person, Lisa...was such a pleasure to meet you! Perhaps one of these days I'll get the video we shot in order so we may post that as well.

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