This practical training in Malawi is my first experience on the south side of the equator. So after the hot and humid summer season we are now going towards dry winter with warm days but cool nights. I bet this is the most beautiful time of the year as the nature is green and flourishing. Now we are very thankful for the rains Father has given lately.
Malawi is called the Warm Heart of Africa, not only because of the warm climate but also because of the warm hearted people. In this country people still have polite and respectful manners in general, even though sometimes the shop cashiers don’t seem no know about such a thing as customer service.
As a construction engineering trainee I’ve got to do monitoring, inspecting, reporting and assisting the project manager with paper work. I’ve learnt a lot from him about delegating and empowering the workers. There have been several building projects going on during this time. Unfortunately most of the workers don’t speak much English, and that makes communication quite difficult sometimes.
On my free time I have got to make two longer trips by now. Once we went to swim at the waterfall beside the Mt. Mulanje, and once I got to see the south point of the Lake Malawi. That is the lake which covers 20 % of the total area of Malawi. Also this place where I work and stay is very beautiful, surrounded by mountains right next to a nature reserve area. This is quite close to Blantyre, the commercial capital of Malawi.