This is a page I have been waiting to create for a long time, and I am so excited now to be able to finally launch it in preparation for my upcoming adventure.
So, contingent on passing legal and medical clearance, I will be flying out to Tanzania in Feb. 2018 to begin my 2 year service as an Agriculture Extension Volunteer with the Peace Corps. I am incredibly excited about this amazing opportunity.
In a past post, I wrote about my attachment to my mother’s homeland – South Africa – and my deep wish to return to the continent of Africa and learn more about the people, the cultures, the land, the wildlife… I feel a longing for the land that I cannot describe, even to myself. So beyond just the experience and satisfaction I will be getting from doing something worthwhile to help others, I will be in a way “going home” in some sense.
The way Africans raise their children is very different to Americans. Americans seem to bubble wrap their offspring and baby them. Africans raise their kids to be tough, to fend for themselves, and to learn new things quickly, while still wrapping them in love. I am incredibly excited to see this way of life up close and first hand, and see the similarities in how my mother raised me.
More posts will come as I move through the experience and have more to say. I know when I was moving through the initial application process I found PCV blogs to be incredibly helpful for advice, understanding how the process worked, and ideas for how to improve my application materials. Now that I’ve been invited and accepted, I am using PCV blogs to begin my packing list and beginning to think about the trials and tribulations that will come with the intense training I will receive during the first few months. I hope that my blogs on this page will similarly help other future PCVs in their applications and planning process.
*Disclaimer: The content of this website is mine alone and does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Peace Corps, or the Tanzanian Government. I am obligated to post this message due to the fact that these photos and posts are solely my experiences and interpretations of my experience of the Tanzanian culture.
**Header photo is actually of a scene in S.A., but when I land in-country, I will update it with a picture of what will then my my new home for 2 years.