Coventry blogger travels to Zambia for a life-changing challenge

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March 2015 By Rosie Day.
19-year-old Sonia has spent the last eight weeks working with other young volunteers to support and develop local businesses in Zambia.

Sonia and the rest of 'Team Zambia'
Sonia and the rest of ‘Team Zambia’

Sonia Nakra, aged 19, travelled to the south central African country on January 23 where she was accompanied with other UK and Zambian volunteers who have been working together for the past eight weeks with local small to medium enterprises as part of their ten-week placement.

Sonia and the rest of 'Team Zambia' land at the airport
Sonia and the rest of ‘Team Zambia’ land at the airport

Sonia lives with her host family in Nyumbayanga in Lusaka accompanied by her Zambian living partner Tandy who she has became extremely close with. She works with Chanda, her Zambian counterpart who both travel for two hours to and from their workplace in the industrial area of Lusaka each day.

Sonia and her work partner Chanda who work for the Grain Traders Association of Zambia (GTAZ)
Sonia and her work partner Chanda who work for the Grain Traders Association of Zambia (GTAZ)

Sonia said: “So far, we’ve constructed and implemented a marketing plan, written a formal five-year strategic plan, restructured their financial data and are in the process of planning a networking event for their clients as part of the service they provide.”

Sonia and her living partner Tandy
Sonia and her living partner Tandy

After completing National Citizen Service (NCS) when she was 17, Sonia knew straight away that International Citizen Service (ICS) was a programme she wanted to undertake on her gap year just before heading to the University of Northampton in September to study Business and Journalism.

For further updates on Sonia’s journey visit her blog at www.soniaismyname.com

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