After being picked up at the airport, we drive to the World University Service Canada (WUSC) office in downtown Lilongwe. We meet the country support staff and are treated to a traditional lunch. The staff run us through a series of orientation presentations about Canada’s aid programs and our role in helping Malawi develop as well the usual safety and logistics briefing.
We are taken out on the town afterwards to get to know Lilongwe and the first thing you notice is the colours and vibrancy of life here. The streets bustle with people walking to and fro. Men and women in business attire mix with street hawkers and people selling fruit. Tuc tucs putter along side Mercedes sedans and Land cruiser all terrain vehicles.
We are shown where we will be staying for the duration of our mandate and the living quarters are clean, basic and comfortable.
As I settle in, I feel the day to day of life here in Malawi is going to be quite nice.