October 1, 2013
Since 1970, JICA has been dispatching Japanese volunteers with various technical capacities to work in different sectors and organisations in Zambia. Forty three years later, it is still a gratifying thing to receive and welcome new volunteers to Zambia. We warmly welcome our 5 new JOCVs who arrived in the country on 1st October, 2013, ready to embark on a two years life changing Journey in various parts of Zambia. The new volunteers will work in areas of health, education and assistance to children with disabilities.
With the arrival of the 5 new volunteers, the current total number of volunteers in Zambia is going to be 61 (58 JOCV and 3 SV). Generally Japanese Volunteers are working in five sectors in Zambia namely; Education, Health, Agriculture, Community & Youth Development and Industrial Development & Vocational Training.
Currently, the new volunteers are undergoing a one month in-country training before they are dispatched to their various recipient organizations. The one month in-country training is a very busy orientation period for them; during this period volunteers also get an opportunity to learn local language spoken in their respective areas under a class room arrangement for five days.
We can only wish our new volunteers all the best as they promote good, improve human quality of life, share technical knowledge and skills, meet people and increase the mutual understanding between Zambia and Japan.
By Robert Ntitima
Programme Officer/JOCV - Zambia