Wash My Bikini

Working with Voluntary Service Overseas in Zambia

By Anne Thomson

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At age sixty, some people might be thinking of putting their feet up. Not so Anne Thomson. Instead, she applied to join the Voluntary Service Overseas, offering her skills as a bank administrator and accountant. She was allocated a two-year assignment with The Prison Fellowship Zambia and travelled to Lusaka to begin work in their Ndola office.

This book tells the remarkable story of living and working in a community in one of the poorest countries of the world. The culture and climate were very different to the author's home in Edinburgh. Anne and her fellow VSO members had to adapt quickly to the basic living conditions, with everything in short supply or unobtainable.

The Author's detailed account, not only of the difficulties in dealing with officialdom, but also of sharing her skills with those in great need of support, underlines the raison d'etre of the Volunteer Service.

This book will be an inspiration to all those contemplating joining the VSO.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Strident Publishing
Publication Date 13 Jul 2009
ISBN 9781906775063
Number of Pages 298

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