Signe Randrup Westh
I took 6 months of my life to experience another part of the world - and that time gave me more, than I could have dreamt about.
Living in another community - not to be a tourist, but to have an every day life and to learn people from another culture to know, that is life changing.
From day one in Zambia, where I was warmly welcomed by the Dream Factory staff, Godfrey, Esneya og Griselia, I strangely felt at home. I gained insight into different projects and took part in them. Especially the womens project in a nearby local community went straight to my heart, and I looked forward to every trip through the community walking between clay huts down to the market, full of life.
It is an interesting project to be a part of. The work in a community like Nkwazi gives a special insight into the more traditional Zambian culture. And through relationships with the women in the project, you gain a more human perspective by their personal experiences and lives.
With my passion and history with football, it was only natural that I joined the football academy. I thought I had experienced joy and passion on the football pitch, but wow, the joy, passion and eagerness these underpriviliged boys showed, was remarkable. It was fantastic to be a part of their practice, watching them develop both in football, but mainly also seeing them change from bowing their heads without a hope in a future, to see hope, life and a faith in them selves and each other.
To experience another side of life close to people, that in our eyes have nothing, but that have a joy and a gratitude, they happily show and share, is undiscribeable, and will also be in my heart.
"There is nothing that makes more sense in this life than to help other people. When you help others and see the world from a different angle, you slowly adjust your own priorities."
I went to Zambia to gain an adventure, and at the same time to help people - I gained many times more back for myself!
Julie and Louise
If you want to travel and it is your first time going on a longer trip, Dream Factory is the perfect place to begin. We are two girls, who have never travelled outside Europe before, and it was a big step for us to decide to go to Zambia. A decision we have not regretted.
The staff in Dream Factory played a big part in our stay. Incredible nice and hospitable people, who make sure, that you never feel alone or unsafe. There are always people around you, and you can ask them anything or just talk with them.
We chose this type of travel, as we wanted to make a difference. And after our trip we very much have the feeling, that we did make a difference. For example we visited an orphanage, and received a welcome we shall never forget. When the gate to the orphanage was opened, the first thing we saw was a little girl that came running towards the car, opened the door and had a big smile on her face. She looked almost more thrilled than she could contain, and she reached for our hands. Already there we felt like we were making a difference. You realize how much they appreciate the small things in life, and all they really need is your company, and that leaves you with a great feeling inside.
This is only one out of many experiences we have had thanks to Dream Factory.
The best recommendations from Julie & Louise
Dreaming about making a difference and experience Zambia, then Dream Factory is waiting for you.
I stayed at Dream House for 2 months. Through my stay I helped teaching Math, English and P.E at Byanthashi Community School. Beside that I helped every Wednesday at Art Club where every creative thinking is useful. Dream house is placed not far from the town and next to an affectionate and helpful Zambian family. They take you in as you were a part of their own family, and you are always welcome in their house. It makes you feel safe, and then you always have someone to share your impressions with.
Do you wish to experience more of Zambia during your stay then the workers in Dream Factory are more than assistance in planning a trip with you. They helped me plan a trip to Livingstone, where there are plenty of opportunities to experience the African wildlife, Victoria Falls, villages and meeting other travelers.
I chose to travel alone to challenge myself in unfamiliar areas. By travelling alone you are forced to talk to new people, make decisions on your own and rely on your own abilities. I have never regretted that decision. I have learned incredible new things about myself as a human being, and I will never trade this experience for anything.
Zambia is such an amiably country with cheerful and openhearted people. It is definitely recommendable!
Sofie and Mathilde
Our stay in Zambia with Dream Factory has been so life affirming. We stayed in Dream House for 5 weeks and we came home with so many new experiences and memories!
It’s amazing to see how happy you can make other people by doing simple things. During our stay we helped at different projects such as teaching in physical education and art at the Buyantanshi Community School, helping at the Isubilo community center and teaching kids in Art Class. Furthermore, we also visited the Girls transient home in Twapia every Saturday. It made our day to see the girls run happily towards us as we entered the gate to the transient home, and to see how happy and excited the pupils got when they found out that we were going to teach them.
Besides working at the projects, we got to see parts of the Zambian culture, which is a big contrast from what we are used to in Denmark.
Living in Dream House was a really good base where nothing was missing. Here we had a good foundation for preparation and relaxing. It was also nice to live next to such a warm and helpful family that we got to know really well. It was sad to leave Zambia but we got home with a feeling of having done something good and with so many new great experiences that can help us in our future.
Dream Factory is definitely recommendable!