A friend asked the other day what our work day is like. And I realized that most of this blog has focused on what we do in non-working hours because that’s more interesting and has more photos! But we are working hard each day trying to deliver value on eSkills for South Africa. We are divided into 4 smaller teams to each tackle a different challenge around eSkills. It is a government program in partnership with many many others, which is why we are housed at North West University (NWU) in Mafikeng. Our work day starts with a pick up between 7:30 and 8:30 and ends officially with a drop-off between 5 and 6, then additional individual work or meetings at night at the hotel. We have a large single room at the University and a Conference room at the hotel where we all sit together. The work doesn’t look much different than from back home … huddling over laptops, brainstorming, making charts, and having telecon or in-person meetings. The huge difference for me is physically being in the same room with my team since I’ve worked remotely from home for 9 years.
Each of the 4 teams also has a Masters or PhD student from NWU assigned to us for the month to help with logistics, translation when needed, input from a local view and research. Our student is Kebiditswe, pronounced Kay-Bee-Deet-Sway, and she’s doing her Masters in Sociology.