To hopefully answer some questions that you might have I'll give you a quick run down of what exactly it is I'm going to be doing this summer in Namibia.
I'm working with a group called WorldTeach, which is a Harvard-affiliated organization that I found out about from my freshman proctor (Harvard's version of an RA or Resident Advisor who lives in the freshman dorms). WorldTeach sets up summer, semester and year long work experience programs for college students and adults alike, and like the name suggests mainly concerns itself with positioning these volunteers as teachers in foreign countries. You can learn more about WorldTeach at www.worldteach.org.
After a week-long training session directed by WorldTeach in Namibia's capital city of Windhoek I will be heading out to my host community to start working. I will be primarily teaching 'computer literacy' to teachers and 'learners' (students) at Nakayale Combined school in the North-central region of Namibia. Though the school has a lab of 20 or so computers, many students and teachers, so I'm told, aren't computer literate. Thus, I'm responsible for coming up with lesson plans and working under the educational development goals of the Namibian government to spread technological awareness in the country.
English is the official language of Namibia, though very few people speak it from birth. That means language will be an immense though not impossible barrier for my teaching. Just another exciting challenge! Here's a Youtube video of some native language instruction:
The Location and Living:
WorldTeach has set up a volunteer placement for me in the North-central region of Namibia, right below Angola. Specifically, I'll be a few KM outside of a city called Outapi, which is in the Omusati region of the country. This is where I will be (denoted by the A flag thing):
I'll be living with a host family.
I think that's the general low-down on what it is I'm doing specifically. If you have more questions, please feel free to comment and I'll be sure to get back to you ASAP.
The school's principal and some students.