The first goal of Peace Corps is to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women. With the help of school staff, we planned and held a Malaria Carnival for primary students at school. Through various activities and games, we learned about Malaria, the cycle of Malaria, and ways to prevent Malaria. I am lucky to have incredible volunteers and teachers that traveled to my school on a Saturday to help lead each session. I am also grateful for my wonderful students that came to school on a weekend to continue learning. Together we will Stomp Out Malaria!
Day 864: S and I explored the market today then she fell asleep and I fixed her some bangs. .
Also, check out how I keep the rain from coming through my glassless windows.
2 1618 October, 2019
LOOK at my baby!! 😍🥺🥑🐶
the results are in, avocado is the cutest puppy in the village but he’s also the biggest trouble maker. but of course, I let him get away with all of it because those avo eyes are my weakness. .
when he isn’t bullying mango, he loves to run through our thriving garden beds, play tug of war with the rope we used to fetch well water and blatantly ignore me when I ask him to sit. just like an avocado on day three, he’s spoiled rotten you guys!!
but nonetheless, just like his delightfully delicious namesake, avocado has stolen my heart 🥰🥑
2 9318 October, 2019
This is probably the last dust storm of rainy season. I was on my way back to site when a dust storm approached. I guess the Futa missed me. Fortunately I was in a minicar (a car with 3 or 4 rows of seats, kind of like a van) and not a bush taxi (a truck with two benches inside the bed and a metal cage going over the truck bed, with a covering over the top but the back and sides are open) 😟. At first I could see some clouds in the distance and some sand swirling around. The black/grey clouds quickly approached and the dust picked up, reducing visibility. The minicar had to stop in a town because there was no visibility and the wind was very strong. Fortunately I was safe inside the car. When I arrived in my town the storm had turned the sky a beautiful red/pink hue.
Peace Corps Volunteer Discounts
Unless you are an avid traveler or have some strange stockpile of quick-dry socks, you’re going to have to buy some stuff for your upcoming Peace Corps Service. We have complied, confirmed, and reviewed multiple brands that offer generous discounts for Peace Corps Volunteers. You can find the information in our highlights, and more details on our website. The link is in the bio.
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1 017 October, 2019
The Peace Corps Waiting Game
Seeing as the application-to-invitation timeline can be 8 months, it can be a stressful and vulnerable experience to wait around without a plan. See our article on this topic laying out ways to use your time, side-hustle ideas, and tips to speed up the process. The link to the website is in the bio.
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1 017 October, 2019
A guide to Peace Corps Volunteer Care Packaged
A well timed care package can lift the spirts and keep you moving forward just as things seem to be at their most bleak. Naturally, sending a package to remote parts of the developing world is not a cut and dry thing. Common mistakes will make the shipment of the package twice as expensive as its contents. Even worse, poorly filled out paperwork may cause a volunteer to pay, just to get it out of customs. To help, we’ve complied a small list of do’s and don’ts for shipping a care package to Peace Corps volunteers. See all of the steps on our website. The link is in the bio.
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1 1017 October, 2019
How Peace Corps Volunteers handle student loans:
Student loans…the dark looming cloud that we try to ignore but just keeps getting bigger. Most volunteers jump at the opportunity to defer their student loans for the entirety of their service! While this is a good option for some, it is a wasted opportunity for others. See our full article to learn how to get credit for paying off your loans…without paying any money. The website link is in our bio.
Month 4: I can't believe in 8 short weeks I will be half way through Year 1. Things feel relitivly normal here in Sierra Leone which is amazing. I am so incredibly lucky to be placed in such a lovely town and I am excited to see what the next two months look like before IST. #sierraleone#peacecorps#peacecorpslife#peacecorpssierraleone#salone9
0 8016 October, 2019
It’s World Food Day! Food is an important and integral part of most cultures, one that’s easy to see and even easier to share. Here, PCV Kat, her host mom Bu Elis, and Bu Hati are making chicken tamales consisting of: chicken in salsa, masa dough made from corn flour, wrapped in corn husks. The tamales were a big hit with Kat's host family and neighbors.
📷: PCV Kat
peace corps training is half over and so far I have:
- eaten a ton of food (like... a LOT)
- visited an amazing beach (where we also found real ice cream) - co-taught an actual high school biology class (in Português)
- seen wild girrafes and wildebeests (as well as countless local chickens/goats/dogs/cats)
- found many trees to climb (sometimes with friends)
- struggled at lighting fires (this is one of the 2 total I've managed on my own)
- learned to make some delicious mozambican dishes (and to double-check my bags of beans for an excess of peanuts)
- had a pretty great time (especially eating all the food)
Well, that was weird! #newseries
A collection of odd, lol, & smh moments this week
1. Superpowers: I was invisible to shoppers & vehicles alike. "Oh, my time is worthless. Feel free to jump in front of me." 2. Hypervisibility: Store snoopers can see me just fine tho... In every. single. store. #shoppingwhileblack
3. There's a grilled cheese out here SO flat that the cheese disappears... I mighta bought a piece of toast. But that's always better than finding a short & curly in your lunch. #foodieadventures
4. But it's all worth it when students step up to show how much they're learning. Judging the Courts Reading Competition was refreshing... Even as I cringed each time a contestant read "Turn me on." They're babies! 😬😐 #awkward#peacecorpslife#globalmissions#goodtimes
“I’ve discovered my desire to explore the unknown, learn a new language, listen to another country's stories, engage with that country's people, and most noteworthy, I’ve discovered myself. Living in a foreign country does that to you, it provides one space for reflection in ways living in one’s home country can never. Ways in which no preparation is needed because the reflection happens on its own.” - 🏳️🌈@vane_unscripted #latina#trilingual#bisexual#languagelover#SOGIE#LGBTQ#peacecorps#china#peacecorpslife#peaceout
PeaceOut!✌🏼, Peace Corps China’s SOGIE (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity & Expression) affinity group would like to say “Happy National Coming Out Day.” The Peace Corps China welcomes all SOGIE identifying individuals to apply and serve! The application deadline has passed, but please keep your eyes peeled for the applications to reopen next year! If you have any questions serving as an LGBTQ+ volunteer, you may reach out to PeaceOut! Chairs @honeybakecam and @gabsferraris
This past year has been filled with ups and downs (but mostly ups). Becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer is a literal dream come true and it’s been everything I expected and nothing I expected at the same time. I love teaching. I love Rwanda. I love my students. I love my school. I love my community. And I love the wonderful friends I’ve met along the way that have helped shape this experience. Grateful is an understatement. 12 months down. 15 glorious months to go.
17 40022 September, 2019
Christmas Day hike in Rwanda 🎄🇷🇼 Hanging out with Peace Corps friends in the Eastern province, cooking and baking, watching Christmas movies, playing games, doing a White Elephant gift exchange and walking around the village to see new things is a great way to make this Christmas away from home feel more like home.