When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.” -W. Clement Stone
Who is Santino Zhakata?
I was born and raised in Zimbabwe and now living in Sweden. I am one of those people fortunate enough to make a career out of the things I love doing the most. I teach English language and have done so in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and now Sweden. I have taught in mud and thatch classrooms, where students walked bare-footed from villages as far as 20 kilometers away and would huddle around a handful of old textbooks, tattered and torn. I have taught also in posh, fragrented classrooms of international schools where chauffeured students accessed sufficient supplies of competitive learning resources. From each experience, I have learnt the value and power of a good education and the importance of context-inspired teaching methods.
Moving to Sweden from Zimbabwe, has been many things to me. It has been, on one hand, a source of adventure: leaving the security of my job, friends and family; venturing into the unknown, hand in hand with my new - found love, of course. The sharp differences in culture, language and general ways of doing things meant that my move was also a test of my skills , knowledge, flexibility and ability to adjust both socially and professionally. On the other hand, the move has been an unvailing of new possibilities, including a new network of people, both socially and professionally.
So! What has happened in these six years of living in Sweden? Unbeliavably much, A few highlights I consider significant include:
becoming a father to three sweet kids.
attaining an MA in Education
securing work as a high school English language teacher
attaining an MA in Communication for development
and learning Swedish
My personal and professional focus, wherever I find myself, is simply to apply my knowledge, personality and experience to impact lives positively.
My career goals extend beyond teaching language, but incorporate also my skills and experience in the field of communication. My passion in media and communication work is backed by skills that are compatible in both short-term consultancy assignments or long term employment. I create websites, newsletters and educational resources, among other publications. I also do script writing, story writing, photography,blogging and pure journalistic work. I seek new challenges and environments that allow me to apply the sum total of my knowledge and experiences. Far from being done, my resource, knowledge and skills base continues to grow with each new challenge.
If you are interested in finding out how I can help you and your organisation to best reach those who need you most, here is my full profile. Whether it is to make your work visible; to attract new audiences or to communicate how you have best utilized your resources and partnerships, don´t hesitate, just send me anemailand together we can bring your vision to life. In the meantime, I would like to thank you for checking out my website and I really hope to connect with you soon.