Project Blog Week two: After returning from our Marsabit service trip, we started our work at the Partners For Care House located in Nairobi. At the end of the week, we had three main accomplishments: sewing the first packs, a model to determine government health expenses and an analysis of the current health system. And, we set the goals for our third and final week of our GAP project.
From a business perspective, there are a few things that I learned about the culture of China that I would not have immediately expected, as well as some things that really made the China portion of our project much easier. To begin, similar to most everywhere else in the world, much of the business that is conducted is extremely relational. This means that it would take multiple sit-downs with potential distributors and partners to really work out whether a deal could be done for the long-term. Why?
Last weekend, we went to Zanzibar, and where we snorkeled, played beach volleyball, learned some Kiswahili, among other things. It was relaxing and a nice break from our work. We also visited the historic Stone Town and drove around the city soaking in all the beauty.
We have quickly come to realize that life in Gaborone is very different than life in the United States. One of our biggest struggles has been the way business is conducted. However, after a few days, we are gaining more familiarity with business customs in Botswana. Much to our delight, the local food is both tasty and affordable. Finally, the country itself is very unique with natural resources that we have been able to enjoy.
Football While "football" has a different meaning in the United States than it does in the United Kingdom, both countries are just as passionate about their sports. The people we chat with in the UK will often point out that we call "football" soccer and don’t know much about the real football. They will, however, speak positively of Tim Howard, who played in the Premier League and was one of the best goalkeepers from the United States.