Destination: Zambia

‘The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa’

In his new book, Josh Swiller writes that he wanted to find "a place beyond deafness." Reviewer Frank Bures believes he found it -- and much more -- amid the conflict and half-dug wells of a small corner of Zambia.

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Suffering and Smiling: Vanity Fair Does Africa

Africa is hot. Why? So we can save it? Frank Bures deconstructs the magazine's latest issue and what it says about Western views of the continent.

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Outpost Magazine on Volunteering Abroad

Canada’s Outpost magazine, one of our favorites, recently published a nice package on volunteering and working abroad. Among the stories, Travellers for Change profiled 10 people who have undertaken a variety of projects around the globe, from building schools in Nepal to assisting Angolan refugees in Zambia. Another piece offers tips on choosing organizations. There’s also a story about educational programs that prepare students to work abroad. For anyone looking for inspiration, it’s a good place to start.

The Pleasures of Staying in a Mud Hut in Zambia

Helen Truszkowski watched her 6-year-old son, George, grow increasingly attached to his Harry Potter merchandise and the idea of getting his own telephone. So for a dose of reality, shetook him on vacation to a mud hut in Zambia. “A screened-off tin bath took the place of our regular en-suite,” she writes in the Independent. “No electricity, no cutlery, no flushing loo, no telly. Any doubters among you will be gagging to probe the shortfalls of a village stay like this, so insignificant may seem the tokens of modern-day comfort, even basic reassurances for visitors.”

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