The next chapter

Chinyingi Bridge 2019

Tambokenu, mwane.  Welcome back to the Gonzaga in Zambezi blog.  In May 2007, Gonzaga University and the Zambezi, Zambia community wrote the first chapter of our partnership, a relationship rooted in the ethic of accompaniment.  This practice of accompaniment asks each Gonzaga student (now 300+) to walk in solidity with Zambians as they move to greater levels of community self-sufficiency and personal empowerment.  Through community engaged projects, students and faculty strive to operate at eye-level with this rural community in opposition to the “savior complex” of many short-term international tours.

After a pandemic pause since 2019, we are excited to write the next chapter of accompaniment with our friends and mentors of Zambezi.  On May 18, 2022, a team of 18 undergraduates and four faculty/staff will embark on a five-week study abroad program.  Our program is rooted in relationships and we are thrilled to reunite with friends, young and old, that have hosted and taught Zags for more than fifteen years.  If you are unfamiliar with the Gonzaga in Zambezi program, I encourage you to watch the 2 minute video below.

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We hope you will follow along during the next five weeks as Gonzaga students reflect daily on their experiences in Lusaka, Livingstone, Botswana and Zambezi. We invite you to comment below each blog post (we will read each one) and let us know what you are learning through our words.  If you are an alumni of the program, we hope you will share a memory or greet a friend in Zambezi. 

For returning faculty and staff, our travels in Zambia have been transformative and we await the journey ahead, knowing the stark hardships and deep joy that this next chapter holds. I want to leave you with a stanza from Irish poet John O’Donohue’s For the Traveler blessing:

May you travel in an awakened way,

Gathered wisely into your inner ground;

That you may not waste the invitations

Which wait along the way to transform you.

Dr. Josh Armstrong

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7 Responses to The next chapter

  1. Bryce Kreiser says:

    MUSANA MWANE JOSH. Delighted for what is to come, and excited to be on this side of the blog for the first time since our travels in 2019. Blessings to the whole team. Kisu mwane.

  2. Abbey says:

    YESSSSSS. It’s all happening ❤️

  3. Matt says:

    SO EXCITED FOR YOU ALL! Josh, I know how excited you are to be back in Zambezi after these last few years and very excited to hear about your adventures soon.

    Zags, this time for you will be life changing, challenging and uplifting in many ways. Can’t wait to follow along and live and relive this journey with you.

    Kisu mwane chindeles!
    -Matt Clark, Zambezi ‘16

  4. Emma says:

    Oh my goodness it feels like just yesterday that we were saying Sweet Dreams to Zambezi;). I can’t believe you all are going on this amazing journey very soon. I will be reading intently from Hillsboro, OR as you all post beautiful stories of your personal experiences.

    Kisu mwane!
    Emma Cheatham, Zambezi ’19

  5. Spencer says:

    Chimene/Musana/Chingoloshi/Ufuku Mwane to the Gonzaga in Zambezi crew!

    What an incredible journey some of you are embarking on for the first time. It feels like just yesterday that I was in the situation you’re all in now. I hope these next few weeks change your lives for the better, as it did for me. Allow yourself to be engaged with your soon to be unfamiliar surroundings when you have the capacity to, you get back what you put in! I look forward to reading about you unique experiences as you take part in this incredible program 🙂

    Kisu Mwane,
    Spencer Weiskopf, Gonzaga in Zambezi ‘19

  6. Karina says:


    Sending so many well wishes and happy thoughts as you all embark on this wonderful, once in a lifetime experience!!
    We miss you jazzy!
    We cannot wait to hear all about it 🙂

    -The Newson Family

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