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June 2003
Our Man in Zambia (well nearly!)
Jamie Baldwin imprinted on Zambia's  national flag
Jamie Baldwin imprinted on Zambia's national flag.
Jamie Baldwin is off to Zambia in October, read some more about him and the reason why he's going all that way.

Jamie Baldwin
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Population: 10.8 million (UN, 2003)
Capital: Lusaka
Major language: English (official), Bemba, Lozi, Nyanja, Tonga
Major religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs, Hinduism, Islam
Life expectancy: 33 years (men), 32 years (women) (UN)
Leader: Levy Mwanawasa
Monetary unit: 1 Kwacha = 100 ngwee
Main exports: Copper, minerals, tobacco Average annual income: US $320 (World Bank, 2001) Internet domain: .zm
International dialling code: +260

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Jamie was born in Sheffield in 1976 and spent his childhood in the Peak District.

He came to Nottingham after completing a BSc in Human Evolution at the University of Liverpool, via a four month research project studying baboons in South Africa during 2000.

While doing an MA in Online Journalism at Nottingham Trent University, Jamie also worked for a local homeless charity.

Today, Jamie works as the Marketing Officer for Framework and as an occasional freelance journalist.

With a specific interest in wildlife journalism, Jamie has worked for the BBC Wildlife Magazine, the Natural History Unit and Discovery Channel, as well as writing numerous articles for student and commercial magazines.

His published work includes an investigation into environmental issues connected with global warming for which he won the UK Press Gazette Student Online Journalist of the Year award.

A keen cricketer and photographer, Jamie plans to give it all up – well, most of it – to work as a volunteer in Zambia for two years.

In October 2003, Jamie will be moving to Lusaka to work as an ICT training co-ordinator for an environmental charity called the Green Living Movement.

The main focus of the placement is to create awareness of green issues and sustainable development projects within Zambia through marketing, good journalism and the internet.

Jamie will be living with his partner, Alice, in a simple chalet on the edge of the Zambian capital city.

Alice is also volunteering, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) as a Skills trainer, working in a centre educating young girls, many of whom whose parents have died due to AIDS.

In September, Jamie is running in the Robin Hood marathon to help fund the volunteer placement.

When Jamie goes to Zambia, in October, he will be keeping an online diary that you will be able to read here on the website.

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