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Life in Zambia: Movember, Mangos, & Coffee

2 Dec

A few photos from life in Zambia! Our #Movember group raised $1,600.00 to date. Movember is an annual event involving the growing of mustaches and/or choosing a fitness goal during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as anxiety, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.” The Lusaka League of Extraordinary Moustaches included faculty and parents. Here is my ‘Mo’ Space. To date, I raised $300.00 this year. Many thanks for the support and much appreciation and laughs with my school community team. This year’s Movember, in particular, was an important one for me. Here is an excerpt from my page:

This year marks the 10th anniversary of my father’s death. My dad, Robert W. Martin (Bob) died on March 27, 2011, at the age of 66 after a long, brave battle with prostate cancer. About 1 man in 8 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. The Movember Foundation is working to halve the number of deaths from prostate cancer by 2030, and I want to help them get there.” – Click HERE to learn more about Movember

It’s mango season in Zambia. I love mangos. We bought all these in this photo for less than $9.00 USD on the road (M9) from Kafue National Park last weekend. The coffee is Zambian is from Bush Brew Coffee. My neighbor and colleague, Trevor, organizes the delivery straight from the roasters. I am grateful for my health, our jobs, our school, and life here in Zambia. My goal is always to try to blog more and to share more about life here, along with teaching and learning. Every time I write a post, I feel bad that I don’t blog more often. Baby steps, small goals.

A New School Year (2021-2022)!

27 Aug

The start of our fourth year at the American International School of Lusaka (AISL) has gone really well. As we wrap up the final days of August, all grades are back to on-campus learning and most students are back in Zambia. I am teaching grade 8/Year 3 MYP Language and Literature, Grade 9/Year 4 MYP Individuals and Societies and also providing English (English as an Additional Language/EAL) support in the secondary school. Flor continues to teach MYP/DP Spanish and Maya enters 10th grade. My goal continues to be the share ideas, learning, and reflections on teaching, as well as photos from life in Zambia and (hopefully) travels. Have a good year, and do stay in touch.

Kafue National Park – Zambia

20 Apr
Sunset in Kafue National Park
Red-breasted roller
Male lion
Elephant near Ila Lodge
Jackal on the M9 at sunrise
Kafue River at sunset
Kaingu Lodge
Baby crocodule
Walking to the rock to watch the sunset (Kaingu Lodge)

Kafue National Park is in south-central Zambia. Established in 1950 and located about 200 miles (322 km) west of Lusaka, the park covers an area of 8,650 square miles (22,400 square km) and consists of a vast and gently undulating plateau, situated along the middle reaches of the Kafue River and its two tributaries, the Lufupa and the Lunga (Britannica). It is the oldest and largest park in Zambia, and one of the largest in Africa. We have visited Kafue a few times, most recently twice this year. We stayed in Ila Lodge and Kaingu Lodge, both excellent lodges.

Let’s Explore Zambia

1 Apr

This is a video I recently saw on social media. It was shared by a friend. It highlights the amazing beauty of the country I now call home. Enjoy. 

This is Zambia!

10 Oct


Zambezi River (Photo by Rob Martin)


Elephant on the Zimbabwe side of the river (Photo by Rob Martin)


Elephant on the Zimbabwe side of the river (Photo by Rob Martin)


Victoria Falls, Livingstone – Explore Zambia trip (Photo by Rob Martin)


Victoria Falls (Photo by Rob Martin)


Mountain biking near my school (Photo by Rob Martin)


Where is Zambia? (Photo by Rob Martin)


American International School of Lusaka – The Leopards

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