A Travellerspoint blog

Hello, My Name Is___________

Names and Relationships

overcast 75 °F

School has begun, workers continue to work around the compound and I keep meeting new people, which means more new names for me to learn. It occurred to me that here in Zambia, on this compound, I have been called Miss in 3 different languages, and go by several things. Let me give you a little insight into this.

Every day as I pass construction going on by my house, one of the workers greets me with "Mademoiselle Jen." (#1)

The kids are taught to call me either "Miss Jenna" or "Teacher Jenna." (#2)


The cook here, reminding me very much of my recently deceased Grandfather, knows a little Spanish and since we like to talk in Spanish with each other, he calls me "SiƱorita." (#3)

Other workers and villagers that either work or go to church here greet me in the native language of Tonga. (Don't ask me how to spell it). (#3.2)

To the adult Americans, I am simply known as "Jenna." (#4.5)

To the goats and other animals, they just look at me and keep passing. No name is used. (#4.6)


These first almost two weeks of being at the orphanage have been busy (at times), fun, challenging and already helping me grow as an individual. The kids have taught me new games (exhibit A), warned me against standing under the "sausage" tree too long or I could be hit (exhibit B) and already started acting very silly in class (exhibit C).

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

Hello, my name is Jenna, and this is my Zambian life.

Posted by WorldRun 22:23 Archived in Zambia

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents


I think that the goats call you "Bah!"

by TulsaTrot

Well Miss Jenna, I'd say those kids were right about keeping a heads up judging by the size of those things in exhibit B! Keep up the good work and remember to see Jesus in all those different people.

by dalerhipps

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint