From Botswana to Zambia and Zimbabwe

Service and Leadership in Maun, Botswana

After traveling for over 19 hours and 7,484 miles, 16 students, two administrators, two faculty members, and alumni arrived in early January at the bustling little town of Maun. Filled with enthusiasm, the students were ready and excited to embark on a two-week service and leadership adventure in Maun, Botswana.

Day One: Maun, Botswana

The first day began as soon as the airplane landed at Maun International Airport at 1:30 p.m. local time. Students were jetlagged, but the anticipation of finally arriving was good enough to boost adrenaline. Students were greeted by Koketso Seipeleng Mookodi, one of the Mandela Washington Fellows who spent the summer of 2017 at Wagner. After dropping off their suitcases, and a brief orientation, the group went to the local market to exchange money and visited the Life Center for a guided tour.


Day Two: Maun, Botswana

The next day the group was up bright and early to begin their service project. Students were assigned to service projects based on their interest and area of study.

Some volunteered at the Lorato House Rescue while others served the community through Love Botswana Outreach Mission’s community outreach programs. Others shadowed teachers at the Okavango International School. Above, senior Quincy Rasin ’18, public policy major, leads a class discussion on personal and community values.

Day 3: Maun, Botswana

On their free time, the students enjoyed coffee at a local restaurant in Maun and made new friends.

Day 4: Maun, Botswana

Students attended church service at the life center and assisted with serving coffee and bread to the elderly.

Other students served the Sunday school children orange juice and bread.


Day 5: Maun, Botswana

Students continued to serve at their service placement. The community outreach group worked closely with social workers during their client visits.

The group enjoyed Botswanan culture through traditional meals at a local restaurant.

Day 6: Maun, Botswana

The group spent their morning at their service placement and drove later that night to the Royal Tree Lodge, where they enjoyed a horseback safari and dinner with Dr. Jana Lackey and Dr. Jerry Lackey.

They will leave the Royal Tree Lodge in the morning to go back to Matlapaneng, Maun, to continue working at their service placement.

Day Seven: Maun, Botswana

The group returned to work in the morning, and after lunch they visited the main Maun Kgotla (Traditional Court) and met the acting Paramount Chief, Kgosi Kealetile Moremi.

Director of Co-Curricular Programs Maggie Cross introduces the group to Acting Paramount Chief Kgosi Kealetile Moremi.

Later that night, they will travel on an overnight bus through the Chobe National Park and take the Kazungula ferry to enter Zambia.

Day Eight: Crossing the Kazungula River to Zambia

After sitting in the bus all night, students were relieved to be on the Kazungula ferry to enter Zambia.

The group was able to attain a double entry visa into Zambia and Zimbabwe upon arrival. As we drove, our tour guide, Israel Rupiya, gave us a brief history of Livingstone Town. Up next was a visit to Victoria Falls. But first, breakfast!


After breakfast, the group dropped off their bags at the hotel. A short bus ride later, the group arrived at Victoria Falls.

Later that night, the group enjoyed dinner at the Livingstone Hotel.

Day 9: Zimbabwe

The group spent the last day in Zimbabwe zip lining across the Zambezi River and shopping for souvenirs for family members and friends.

Later that night, the group enjoyed dinner at the Famous Boma Restaurant.