mefloquine dreams

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As a Peace Corps volunteer in a malaria zone I am required by the US government to take a malaria prophylaxis. My particular prescribed poison is Mefloquine. Mefloquine is not a pretty drug. It has an incredibly long list of side effects and it has been blamed for some pretty freaky shit. The TGA–which is the Australian equivalent of the …

a new kind of resume

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Peace Corps service has brought out my untapped potential. I am more resourceful, self motivated, patient and proactive. Yet, I can’t help but question the “real life” application of some of the new skills I have acquired… Riding a bike: Before coming to Senegal, I hadn’t ridden a bike since I was 14 years old (except a rather traumatizing bike …

4 month numbers

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Four months down, 23 more to go! Number of times I’ve worn jeans – 4 Times I’ve worn makeup – 2 Hot showers – 0 Warthog sandwiches eaten – 7 Text messages my sister has sent me – 18 Times I have watched the season premiere of “Glee” (the only video on my ipod) – 14 Babies I’ve seen learn …

only in the peace corps…

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My friend and fellow volunteer Kate tells me that she needs a cat. Why? She has a mouse problem. Every night, under the cover of darkness, a mouse crawls into her hut and steals the string from her cellphone pully system. Wait. Cellphone pully system? Let me explain… Kate has VERY limited cellphone reception in her village. When Kate wants …

my timeline

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It has been an interesting journey… October 31, 2008: Begin Peace Corps Application & send out emails for letters of recommendation. November 12, 2008: Submit Volunteer Application and Health Status Review form. November 24, 2008: Interview with campus recruiter. December 1, 2008: Travel to regional office for fingerprinting. Turn in background check paperwork and information on student loans. December 4, …

medical clearance

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For those not familiar with the Peace Corps application process, after your pass the initial interview (or interviews in my case), you must undergo a medical evaluation (at your own expense).  For a healthy 21 year-old,  it would appear to be fairly simple process.  Apparently not.  I have been poked and prodded within an inch of life.  Here are the …