Today was a quiet travel today, as the participants of the program assembled in the capital of Lusaka and then travelled south to lake-side town of Siavonga. Throughout the day, we seemed to be behind schedule: our 12:00pm departure time became 4:00pm and the two hour bus ride ended up taking up four hours. My sleeping pattern is still completely off as I had approximately three naps yesterday, and I woke up today at 4:30am.
One of the highlights of the day was spending some time in Lusaka chatting with Guy de Fontgalland, one of the facilitators of our program. Guy is the Director of Entrepreneurship Development Centre London, which is an initiative of Royal Holloway University of London and St. Patricks International College London. Guy has travelled the world extensively, working for the UN, World Bank, several governments, and in industry. Guy shared some very interesting stories about his recent experiences in Afghanistan.
By the time that we arrived in Siavonga, it was too dark to take any pictures. We are staying at resort called Lake Safari Lodge; they even have a website! The facilities here are terrific and being in an isolated resort as opposed to a big city who should create a more intimate atmosphere for the program. In just a few hours, we will begin a busy schedule of workshops and activities, with more than 43 hours of events over the next six days! I’m looking forward to getting to meet all of the participants and to really dive into the programming. So far, the participants that I have met seem to be very impressed with the work that we are doing with Impact in Canada.
I’ve uploaded more photos from today to the Facebook Album. Today’s photos are number 39-47. Link to photos: click here.