Why I’m Traveling to Zambia Next Month

Tree on South African SavannaI’m headed to Africa again next month and I cannot wait to get there.

I will be in Zambia for ten days in July! I need to soak that in for a moment. The trip has been on my calendar for a few months, but it’s quickly becoming real now that I have less than twenty days to go before I travel to the southern part of Africa for the first time.

I’m excited!

In May I was selected as a new media journalist by John’s Hopkins’ International Reporting Project to report on global health, specifically HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis in Zambia. So for now on every post I write before, during, and after the trip to Zambia I will identify myself as an International Reporting Project Zambia Fellow. It does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? While this isn’t my first fellowship, it’s the first that has allowed me to travel outside of the country. For that, I am extremely grateful. I was so happy when my Zambian Visa arrived earlier this month. And I am even more thrilled, probably more thrilled than anything, that all of my vaccinations are up to date.

While in Zambia I will be in excellent company traveling with brilliant freelancers and journalists who write for publications from Nature to Al Jazeera to Mashable. You can see the ten of us here on the International Reporting Project Zambia page. We’ll all be diligently writing while we’re in Zambia so be sure to follow our coverage. My focus will center on these three communicable diseases and how they acutely affect mothers and children. I can’t wait to tell some amazing stories from the ground through video, audio, photography, and posts. I’m going to play around with a lot of different sites and mash them up to make one big cohesive narrative. I have some ideas rolling around in my head. I’ll just have to execute them when I’m there.

I leave mid-July and will be back just in time to make it to Blogher. Oh, and by the way, if you would like to apply to also be a new media fellow with the prestigious International Reporting Project, applications are now open to travel to Tanzania to cover poverty, hunger, and food security. I know that’s going to be an amazing, informative trip. Go! Apply!


  1. Wow Jennifer! This is going to be an amazon trip and I can hardly wait to follow you! Sounds amazing!!! Thanks too for the heads up on Tanzania. It is a place I am extremely interested in going as I have had my heart set on climbing Kili for years and am thinking in 2014. Might as well apply even if I am a long shot because as my dad has always told me, you never know until you try! One must follow their dreams! Very excited for you!!!


  2. It’s been amazing to see the path that you’ve carved out over the past few years. Continuing to root you on!


  3. you are doing an amazing job and I wish you a safe trip. I can’t wait to see the pictures and read your write-up at the end of your visit and I hope one day you’ll be visiting Nigeria. Great job!


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