I’ve been at site for a month now, and it really feels like home. I know (almost all) my co-worker's names, I’ve met my neighbors, I’ve semi-joined a netball team and I’m no longer afraid to ride in a taxi alone - even if I still can’t tell them how to get to my house. … Continue reading Life ‘Round Here
It happened! After 9 weeks of intensive pre-service training, our group of 14 trainees were sworn in as US Peace Corps volunteers! The ceremony took place in Okahandja and we were joined by the Ambassador to Namibia as well as a member of Parliament. Not only did we take the official oath, but each language … Continue reading Home Sweet Home
It's hard to explain how both slow and fast time moves here. To think I left Bellingham just two weeks ago but also the fact that we've already made it through 1/5 of PST (pre-service training) is mind-boggling. I now spend everyday with friends and family that were complete strangers 14 days ago. We arrived … Continue reading Alive and well! And adjusting.
It's been a long four days since leaving Bellingham on Sunday. I caught a 5 am flight out and then flew Seattle to Philadelphia where we had our staging event. I made it just in time for icebreakers and immediately noticed how small our group was - just 14 people! Everyone in group 45 is … Continue reading Touchdown in South Africa
This is not a "what I packed" blog. Frankly, I'm not that organized at the moment and am just thankful to have my bags packed and sitting by the front door considering my flight is in 8 hours. That post will come later. This is a series of unfortunate events blog based on my packing … Continue reading Moving: the good, the bad, the pigeon poop.
Preface: that is a picture of me avoiding sideways hail on the Oregon coast last weekend but it's also pretty symbolic of how I feel about moving halfway across the world sometimes. Attractive, I know. "Are you excited? Scared? Ready?" See: last post. (Hint: all of the above). That's what everyone's been asking me lately. … Continue reading No sleep till Windhoek.
"It's okay to be scared. Being scared means you're about to do something really, really brave." Deciding to do something like move to the other side of the world is a big deal. I would argue that moving away from anywhere you call home is daunting for the majority of people. While preparing to begin … Continue reading It’s okay to be scared.
Ah, the Peace Corps medical clearance process. I'm not going to lie - when I received my invitation I really put it on the backburner. I'm a great procrastinator when I want to be. Visa application? Done. Passport application? Check. Aspiration statement? Easy. Health "stuff"? Avoided at all costs. Finally, three weeks went by and I … Continue reading Doctors and dentists and needles, oh my.
In three months I'll be moving 10,000 miles away to volunteer with the Peace Corps. Here's the what/when/where/why and my thoughts on this experience.