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Daniel Mullane Kabwe, Zambia

Team Makululu started off as 9 strangers. Here we are in Dublin Airport about to embark on a journey together that would see us coming home as a group of friends.

We were placed in Makululu 'C' Primary School, where our grades had large class sizes of about 60-80 filled with enthusiastic kids aged anywhere from about 10 up to 19. There were also little nursery kids running around in the mornings. Most days when we arrived at school, we were greeted by the kids who were performing traditional Zambian music and dance.

Here's Oonagh getting a drumming lesson

As Makululu is a large school, each teaching pair was assigned one grade. For example, myself and Naoise were assigned Grade 5, which had 3 separate classes of about 60 or 70 kids. We would teach each class English and we chose to teach Expressive Arts also, which is their equivalent of PE.

We tried to make the most of our days off by exploring Kabwe and more of Zambia. For the long weekend, we went to see Victoria Falls in Livingstone and went to do a land and water safari in Botswana.

After a hard week of lesson planning and teaching, we would spend some of our weekends in Tall Trees, partying with the locals!

By the end, we were all extremely sad to leave; feeling as if we had accomplished so much in the time that we had, but wanting to stay longer with these amazing kids in this beautiful part of the world.

This is Danstan, one of the kids in our grade who used to look for us when class was over so he could talk to us. He wanted me to take a 'copy' of him on our last day so that I wouldn't forget him. After the 8 weeks we spent in Kabwe, it would be hard to forget him or any of the kids that we taught.

I applied for the Volunteer Programme not knowing what to expect. Now that I do, I can tell you that you will not regret applying. Go for it.

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