The Hustle

When I came to Namibia I knew that I would be working in Community Economic Development in some capacity, because that’s what the program I got accepted to was called.  I’ll admit I didn’t exactly know what that would entail. When I got my site placement, I found out that meant primarily focusing on youth…

Fish River Canyon

In June, I had the privilege of hiking through Fish River Canyon with some pretty neat people. So, yes, this post is coming about four months late. But better late than never. I thought I’d share some of our photos, experiences, and tips for hiking FRC! Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in…

One Year

One year ago today I took an oath and was sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer. It’s hard to explain, or even remember everything that has happened since that day. It’s also somehow hard to believe I’m halfway through my service. While I find it hard to write a post that encapsulates the last…

Namibians

About a week ago, I posed a question on Facebook: “Does a country make the people, or do the people make a country?” I already have my personal stance on this, but I was curious as to what other people thought. Especially from an American versus Namibian perspective. Overwhelmingly, Namibians answered that the people make…

Riding the Rollercoaster

It’s no secret that serving as a volunteer isn’t always easy. There are times when I’ve felt amazing about what I’m doing and times when I feel completely demotivated and uninspired. Days when I feel proud of the progress I’ve made integrating into the community, and days when I feel very much alone. Emotionally, the…

Ask Me Anything Pt. I

It has already been over a month since I last posted, and I’m not really sure when/how that happened. Time feels different here, I swear. The days seem long, but weeks (and months, apparently) seem to fly by. I decided to crowdsource this blog post and ask my Facebook friends what questions they had about…

Life ‘Round Here

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….