Sustainability. Sustainability. Sustainability. Sustainability. Sustainability. Sustainability. I swear I’ve heard the word so many times it’s imprinted on the inside of my skull. It’s the core of everything that we’re trying to do in this country. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned from prior soapboxes, one of my greatest frustrations regarding international aid is the […]Read More Uteruses, Condoms, And Menstruation, Mon Dieu!
Living as Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea is often a bewildering combination of boredom and extreme emotion. On the bottom line, most of us live in small, rural villages where not too much changes from day to day. That said, while my physical environment may feel static, my emotional one is more comparable to a […]Read More Keep Your Sanity Inside The Vehicle At All Times
Well I promised you that I would give an update of my new (to me) hut once I got settled in so here goes! Cue Thursday, November 28, move in today. The same date that 35 new education volunteers were also moving in all across the country. Great for Guinea, less great for me. This […]Read More Hut Is Where The Heart Is
As the title of this suggests, we’ve hit a snag. But before I get to that I’d like to offer an overview of how exactly Peace Corps functions out here. When a new group of volunteers is accepted, the regional coordinators, program managers, and safety and security officers begin choosing villages where those volunteers could […]Read More It’s a Hut Knock Life, For Me and My Cockroaches
America was a much-needed dose of family and processed snacks, but my transition back to Guinea has not been the long and smoothly winding road for which I was hoping. After getting back, I went back to the village and spent the week gearing up the library project. Since the grant funding came in, […]Read More Navigating Nimba and Related Tales
And then, I got to go home!!! Well not home exactly, but at least back to the States. This visit home has been a shining beacon on dark days for months now. It’s not that I don’t love my work here, because I very much do. But 2 years is a long time to spend […]Read More There’s no place like home, or Bourbon St.
I apologize for the incredibly long gap in posts. My service has been a series of ups and downs, the worst of which was the unexpected passing of my Grandmother last November. After that, most of my energy was devoted to just surviving out here and I didn’t have a lot of positive things to […]Read More Are You Ready to RUMP-le?