Culture and Witchcraft – Taylor Nelson, Zambia 2016-2018

The culture of a new country can be a beautiful thing to behold. Yet, sometimes cultures and traditions of another group can run counter to your believes or even be downright dangerous to those who practice them. Taylor Nelson experienced this first hand, as she worked as a health volunteer while navigating around traditional witchcraft practices of Zambia.

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Taylor Nelson’s Peace Corps Story

Where and when did you serve? What did you do?

I served in Zambia from 2016-18 where I served under the Community Health Improvement Project. I focused on nutrition, HIV sensitization, malaria education, and sanitation. My side projects were a community garden, math games in schools, and glow camp/clubs.

What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories?

I attended a traditional wedding the ancient traditions were intricate and lead by females. I felt like the women were the keepers of the culture. The wedding last almost 24 hours!

What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories?

Dealing with the perceived witch craft in my village. It affected my host family so it was hard not get involved.

What do you miss about Peace Corps?

I miss greeting people and dancing.

What is something you learned in the Peace Corps?

All people are the same everywhere you go, to be tolerant and listen to others.

Do you have a favorite quote or local saying?

“Ilinso talilaba eco umutima umwene.” – The eye does not forget what the heart has seen



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