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…

New(old) job!

Yesterday I started my job as a building substitute at Rocky Hill High School.  It’s new in that I am leaving my current job in Middletown, yet old in that it is where I worked last year.  It was a tough decision to leave my job as a paraprofessional at Middletown High School, but hopefully…

Blog Introduction. Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Joe and this will be my official blog for all my insights and experiences for my Peace Corps service in Ethiopia departing in June 2017! The title, “Haya Sebat” is Amharic for “27,” signifying the 27 month commitment I will be making to teaching English in…