Volunteer: Anita Langa
I served as an English Teacher Trainer at a Teacher Training Institute in Chibututuine, Mozambique. My experiences there were unforgettable. I will always treasure my time in Mozambique, the wonderful lifelong friends I have made, and my amazing husband. Mozambique e maningue fixe!
Contributions from Anita Langa
This photo is of a boy sleeping in front of a cellphone ad for Vodacom, one of two cell phone companies in Mozambique. The irony is their motto: Tudo bom means "everything's great". This photo clearly showed everything was not great. The photo was taken a day after a popular music festival celebrating the timbila, the original xylophone.
Some evenings, especially during my first year of the Peace Corps, I would help serve in the school cafeteria where I was a teacher. The students always got a kick out of me helping prepare the food, serve it, and especially clean up at the end of the meal. I learned that when you have mess hall duty, you have to shovel your own plate down as fast as you can to get right back to work behind the serving counter. I always had a great time speaking English with students who were not mine and ...
I was viviting my husband's family and enjoying a nice Fanta, probably Fanta Laranja-Orange, on a hot summer day. His cousins were playing in the yard for awhile when Celia decided she wanted to play "mommy" to Lisa who promptly fell asleep.
Travelling home via Zanzibar Island, after my service, I got a glimpse into another countries reaction to President Obama being elected. In Mozambique they were fast printing fabric with his face on hit that the woman wrap around themselves like skirts.
Haven't we all fallen asleep on public transport? No matter how bumpy, tightly packed, stinky, sweaty, or nervous we may be of our laptop shoved in our backpack for the ride to the city...there is nothing quite like the lull of deafening Pandza (Mozambican Pop) and the clatter of chickens to send one off into dream land.