i’ve been demysted

shower, bathing, peace corps, regional house, senegal, africa, demyst

For the past couple of days I have been down in Kedougou on a Volunteer Visit (also known as demystification). The purpose of demystification is to give trainees an idea of what life as a volunteer will be like. They time the visit so that it comes almost exactly halfway through training, which is perfect. After visiting a volunteer and meeting volunteers in the region and hearing about their amazing work, I am really motivated to work hard and push through the rest of training. So, after the 12 hour drive down to Kedougou, we were met by a huge… read this post

kedou–who? kedougou!

peace corps, site placement, senegal, africa, kedougou

Today was the day that we have all been waiting for… site announcements! The session began with everyone getting led to the basketball court. Painted on the ground was a huge map of Senegal. We are all blindfolded, then led to various locations on the map. When I was led to my spot I called out and discovered that all the members of my language group (the Pulafuuta group) were all close, plus a new voice, a Mandinka speaker. Then I started calling out to see how far away everyone else was… and no one responded. They were all really… read this post

staging

Washington DC, Staging, Peace Corps, Senegal

Before leaving for our assigned countries all Peace Corps Trainers must first report to a U.S. city for “staging”.  Staging is essentially an orientation session.  The two days are filled with a couple of icebreakers, immunizations, and sessions on Peace Corps policies. The current staging numbers: Number of airports – 5 Number of delayed flights – 2 Number of vaccinations – Only 1 so far! PCTs (Peace Corps Trainees)  in my Stage – 50 Hours of sleep – 10 in 3 days Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are mine alone and do not represent the positions or views of… read this post