My Internship Experience

July 5th, 2017 Posted by Immersion Internship - 2017

I was born in Livingstone Zambia, in a family of three. I am the first born, I have a sister and a brother, and three step siblings. I finished high school in 2016 from David Livingstone High School, in Livingstone, Zambia. I love dancing, acting and cooking.

It has been almost a month since the internship started. I have enjoyed every part of it- from the teaching to the community visits and kid fun club. It has been a blessing knowing 19 other interns and a good number of staffs like John, Abby, Felix, Olivia, Jane, Mama B, Willy and Mumba, my mentor. It has also been great getting to know some teachers like Phil, Sarah and Favs. To say the truth, it has been difficult for me to connect with other people because I felt out of place and uncomfortable. It was a challenge but God opened up my heart and I was able to open up and allow new people in my life and share my joy, smile, laughter and testimonies. I love my kitchen team, Team Self-Control. Our team it consists of Caleb, Meghan, Joel and me, we have so much fun when cooking or when having group discussions during class or before class.

It has been real fun praying for one another and playing games on Wednesdays. Also the teachings have been fun and I have learned some truths about myself, like core lies and how I believe in them compared to core truths. I find it hard to believe in core truths most of the time because core lies are very strong and convincing. Nonetheless I am fighting that every single day and I am happy to say I am winning, praise be to God.
Though I had happy moments, sometimes it was hard for me to open up and express what and how I felt. My biggest challenge is communication with the people in the community. Sometimes they say something in Tonga (I don’t speak Tonga) and I would ask them what they are saying. They will respond like “You are supposed to know Tonga. Do not be like a foreigner. How do you want us to communicate with you?” I felt bad and stupid because they expected me to know Tonga because I am black and Zambian. To defend myself Zambia has 72 tribes and I can speak 2 and I can understand 6. My other challenge was that I was sick for a week and some days.
I have grown spiritually and in community. All the teachings helped me greatly and I am learning to listen to Gods without doubting his voice or thinking it is all in my head. I can talk to anyone without feeling uncomfortable. I now have a couple of friends like Kelsey, Meghan, Madgie, and both Blessings! Finally, I want to thank everyone who helped me with funds, encouragement and prayers! THANKS, GOD BLESS YOU!

Violet Mwaanga • 2017 International Immersion Intern