Victoria Binz review 26 Oct 2010
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Working with the children and seeing how eager they were to learn. The landscapes and wildlife were stunning.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
This trip was very full-on and should not be recommended to the faint hearted. There was no real chance to chill out as it involves work, travel, setting up camp and self-catering all at the same time. It can be quite hard on the nerves. Do not expect a holiday in the traditional sense.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
This was an experimental trip in that part of Zambia/Malawi in the goal to set up regular visits to schools in that area. In this particular trip, we only visited each school once. If this trip confirmed the possibility of a permanent implementation of the project in that area with regular visits in the same school, building partnerships and real follow up work, then yes, the project will have benefited the local people. If the project is abandoned at this stage, what we did was nice for everyone involved, but not useful in the long term.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
This was more a project than a holiday. The experience was rewarding, but more like "I survived", than "I really feel I did something useful". I really hope the project is maintained, because it would bring a lot to the local schools, teachers and children alike. Having said that, we did have some great and memorable moments.