Glimmers of Hope : Memoir of a Volunteer in Africa

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The true story of a disillusioned London schoolteacher who uproots and volunteers to teach in rural Africa for two years. Sent to the Republic of Zambia with a remit to teach maths, HIV and Gender awareness, he finds eager pupils struggling in a tough environment. In between battling snakes, stomach bugs and death-defying bus journeys , Mark finds both corruption and hope where he least expects.

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About Mark Burke

An international schoolteacher who has lived and worked all over the world, including Africa and South America

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Valeria Sosa reviewed on on March 14, 2010

I found this book quite inspirational on many levels. It was refreshing to hear a perspective that was realistic as opposed to clouded by political correctness. The author does make his negative view on religion quite obvious at times, and as much as I may not agree completely with his opinion, I definitely respect and understand his perspective. His writing style is honest, direct, and extremely humourous at times. This book kept me going, and left me wanting...His recounting of his volunteer time in Africa motivated me to actively pursue involvement in the not-for-profit sector, albeit perhaps not Zambia... More often than not, items I have read from volunteers seemed more like a bunch of party animals with a desire to roam and seem altruistic without too much direction in their own life. Mr. Burke on the other hand was obviously a man of character, values, and direction... All in all, for a first time author, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it!
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