First Month at Site

It’s been a little over a month since I’ve been at site, so I figured I’d fill you in on what I’ve been up to: Not much. At least to how you would all see it. With school registration being the beast that it is, school has been in this weird status.  While I have…

Officially official

Sorry for lack of pictures in this one. Wifi here wouldn’t allow me to post much. A lot has happened since my last article. First, as of two weeks ago, I am officially a Peace Corps Volunteer! We had a nice swearing-in ceremony at the US Embassy in Addis Ababa full of nice little snacks…

PST: Future Site Visit

Hey folks, This week, I was able to visit the site where I will be teaching before going back to my host family.  I will not name my site for confidentiality reasons (You can message me if you are really curious), but I am luckily near major cities in Tigray. Goods and services are therefore…

PST: Reunited in Addis

Sorry for the delay, folks! Between practicum and a short bout of food poisoning, I really did not have the time and energy to share all of the cool things I have been up to.  Now that I am in Addis for a bit, I have access to WiFi to write…So it looks like I…

3 Surprising Observations about living in Ethiopia

Sorry for keeping you all in suspense with these posts, PST takes a lot of energy out of us all. I’ve also been having trouble finding phone cards large enough to buy a data plan, so I’ve been having to go the inefficient way of going without a plan. Pictures tend to eat up a…

PST: I have a feeling we’re not in Addis anymore.

Out of Addis, and into my rural training site in Tigray with my host family. For confidentiality reasons, I will not be posting the town I am in or pictures of my family (yet, at least…I need some type of waiver form). We flew into Mekelle and checked out our awesome regional office before heading…

PST in Addis

Reading Music   Hello everyone! As I am about to close up my time in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, I figured I would share some of the cool things here!  Although we have been stuck in the hotel most of the time due to Pre-Service Training and curfew, it has really been a…

Packed and Ready for Staging

Hello everyone! Some reading music Bags are packed and I think I succeeded in my goal for how many bags I need to bring (Need to post this quickly so I can see if my laptop fits…). A lot has changed from my last packing list, and I still somehow feel like I’m going to…

Packing List V1

Hello everyone! I haven’t posted in a while, but there has not been much happening to really write a blog post without it being too personal.  I would like to keep at least the pre-departure posts as helpful as possible. With that being said, this post is going to be dedicated to my first attempt…

Peace Corps Medical Clearance tips and other updates.

  The process for medical clearance was probably one of the most annoying things about applying for the Peace Corps.  I am happy to say though, that after nearly a month of calling doctors, setting up appointments, and calling doctors again to fix mistakes when making those appointments, I have officially completed medical clearance for service. For…

Pre-Departure Tasks for Service

This post is not just to remind myself of my personal planning goals since I am so busy with medial appointments lately (yay for vaccines and blood work), but for those who are wondering what exactly I will be doing in Ethiopia. This will eventually be followed up by an article for my goals and expectations…

5 Quick Facts About Ethiopia (Pre-Departure Edition)

Hello everyone! Today’s post is for anyone who does not know much about Ethiopia.  While I do not know as much as I will in a couple months, I have done some research into my future home these past few months and figured I share some of that with you! 1. Ethiopia is one of…