More than 1,300 students from all over Albania participated in the 2018 Write On competition, organized by Peace Corps Volunteers. The national level winners advanced to the next round, and Albania was proud to have six winners at the international level. During the Peace Corps Albania Volunteers Mid-service Conference, two of the Albanian international winners shared their experiences with Write On with the Volunteers. #writeon#winners#peacecorpsalbania#peacecorpsvolunteer
What does #adayinthelife of a #PeaceCorpsVolunteer look like?
For Fanning, a Community Health Volunteer in the Adamawa region, some days are quite full. Mornings usually consist of helping her neighbor dry local herbs that are used to treat typhoid or cook sesame sweets that will be sold at the market later in the day. Then, Fanning returns home to get her own work done: preparing materials for a health talk with a women's group in the afternoon. Most of the materials are posters that Fanning creates in Fulfulde, the local language. After eating lunch and resting a while Fanning hits the road to the health center. On her way, she may encounter a herd of cows that she joyfully waves at. After the talk with the women, Fanning does routine checks like taking their blood pressure measurements. On the way back home, she doesn't resist stopping by to greet baby Fanning, thus ending her afternoon with a warm touch.
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2 days ago, I was officially sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda and yesterday I moved to my new home for the next 2 years. I am so blessed to have this experience. To all the Peace Corps Rwanda staff, my host family, and all the community members that helped me get here: Murakoze Cyane. Ntabwo nshobora kuba umukorerabusake niba sinfite wowe. To my friends and family at home, thank you so much for your love, support, and constant motivation.
As of two days ago I became able to say: “I, Tyneeka Sharelle Dyson, promise to serve alongside the people of Rwanda. I promise to share my culture with an open heart and open mind. I promise to foster an understanding of the people of Rwanda, with creativity, cultural sensitivity, and respect. I will face the challenges of service with patience, humility, and determination. I will embrace the mission of world peace and friendship for as long as I serve and beyond. In the proud tradition of Peace Corps’ legacy, and in the spirit of the Peace Corps family past, present, and future - I am a Peace Corps Volunteer.” #peacecorpsrwanda#PeaceCorpsVolunteer#PeaceCorps#blackpeacecorpsvolunteers#itsoffical#blackgirlmagic#blackgirldoespeacecorps
On December 7th, people all over Nicaragua celebrated the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. The third goal in Peace Corps is “To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans”, but I’ll extend that to anyone who is not from the PCV’s country of service. When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua, my absolute favorite holiday was the celebration of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, otherwise known as Purísima or La Gritería. My Nicaraguan host-family hosted a public Purísima each year and so I wanted to share this special tradition with my Australian host-family— here are the little goody bags I put together for the three Australian children I au pair for. What are other RPCVs doing out there this holiday season to fulfill the third goal?
Today was G33's adoption ceremony - full of dancing, eating, and camaraderie. All 44 PCTs are now settled into their new families and truly beginning their relationship with Guinea.
This afternoon, I got to reconnect with my wonderful host family from my PST and watch them excitedly welcome another future PCV, Sarah, into their home. Afterwards, I checked in to see how things were going and my host brother told me "We love her already. She is like you!" When I asked what he meant, he said "Your heart! You have the same big heart." ❤️ #peacecorpsguinea#howiseepc#peacecorpsvolunteer
Happy International Volunteer Day! More than 750 American Volunteers have served in Peace Corps Macedonia since its foundation in 1996. Each year, thousands of students learn how to speak English from Peace Corps Volunteers in Macedonia and over 100 local organizations and beneficiaries benefit from the work of our community development and special needs Volunteers. 📸 Volunteer Alex
So far, honestly, being in Uganda has taught me that things don’t always go according to plan. Especially when you try to do your own photo shoot and your mom’s dog wants in 😝 But most moments have made for some serious laughs and you can’t help but smile at it. Ugh, I can’t wait to share some more stories with y’all. Working on a new blog, don’t worry, the wait will be worth it. 😘 #Uganda#peacecorpsvolunteer#laughmore#makeplansthenunmakethem
35 years. More than 25,000 grants awarded. Nearly 3,000 training activities facilitated. More than 26 million people reached. Since 1983, the Small Project Assistance (SPA) program—a partnership between #PeaceCorps and @usaid—has empowered communities to lead in their own development. ➡️ Read more at the link in our bio! #35YearsofSPA
[Image description: A woman in a patterned, brightly colored top and skirt stands behind an outdoor tap in The Gambia. She smiles at the camera as water flows freely from the tap.]
My rockstar health volunteer friend Aissa coordinated an amazing Malaria Boot Camp for volunteers and their community health worker counterparts. We brushed up on our knowledge of the disease, discussed strategies for prevention, learned methods for bed net repair and beautification, and developed plans for programs and activities to take back to our villages. At the end of the camp, all participants collaborated on creating a "bed net promise" mural, complete with painted handprint signatures. #malariamustdie#endmalaria#peacecorps#peacecorpsvolunteer#thegambia#westafrica
The IRS came. That is, Indoor Residual Spraying, which is one method of malaria control. Every six months, the Department of Health comes to spray the walls of people's homes. After a mosquito bites, it rests on the chemical-laced walls, which kills the mozzie and prevents malaria transmission. I knew they would be coming to spray but didn't know the exact day. I bothered our counterpart repeatedly to tell me when so we could prepare and also do bed net checks, but no info. Yesterday afternoon at 4pm, we were teaching at the school when he comes racing in to alert us that people are at our house to spray right now. Surprise! I continued teaching and Adam went home to move all of our crap outside. All food stuffs had to go out and everything else needed to go in the middle of the room and covered. When they were done at 430, we were told we couldn't enter for 2.5 hours. We dilly dallyed outside with our junk, gathered some people interested in the guitar, and threw together dinner to use up our veggies. By 7, it was nice and dark and the rains started coming in... the rains for which we desperately have been wanting for weeks but rarely came. Great. The house had an unbearable stench and my head ached after going in for a moment, so there was no way we could sleep inside. We made a makeshift bed out in our newly construed veranda. House still stinks but it's better than malaria? And we think our roommate spider, Nancy, might be dead. She was pregnant 😔
Digging a fish pond in a swampy area is tough work, especially for one person. Adam and I are exhausted after three hours, yet Bwalya does it every day for longer and he still somehow always has positive energy and a big smile. His kids were also a great help compacting and dancing on the walls with me.
It feels like yesterday, but it’s been 8 years already. That’s like 50 human years for dogs.
I find myself saying “before my injury... after my injury...” It’s amazing how time can be counted by minutes or years and morphed by events or experiences. Before my injury, I was a cheerleader, gymnast, and student. After my injury, I was something trying to figure out life. We define ourselves by positions. We asks each other, “what do you do for a living? What are your hobbies?” Without those place holders, what are we? I was challenged by these identity questions after my injury because I never had to think about who I was and what I did. I still don’t quite have an answer, but I’m happy. I am living my dream as a #peacecorpsvolunteer, I like #handstands, and I aspire to be as strong and flexible as my 17 year old abled body. I often remind myself, “Don’t let the past define you. Let it inspire you to be better. You’re changing and growing with every step.” Walking, climbing, and biking never felt so free. #spinalinjuries#whatarelimitations#practicegratitude
We LOVE our village and are grateful for them preparing our home and welcoming us to this active community. At first sight, however, we were bummed that the surrounding area of our home was totally bare because they slashed everything to build our house. No trees nor shade and the corn fields that gave us some sense of privacy was harvested and burned, leaving us exposed to spectators (mainly kids) to stare at us from all angles. It's a cultural difference to which we are slowly adapting, but it's difficult to get used to the lack of vegetation.
Instead of continuing to complain, I decided to do something about it: plant some trees! This way, I can learn firsthand and then do some agroforestry workshops in the community to encourage tree-planting, especially since so many are cut down for firewood, charcoal, timber, and farmland.
First step: prepare soil. I rode around for hours asking around for black forest soil. Eventually, I found some 11km away. Then I mixed it with manure and sand. Thankfully, Ba Silver, a sustainable agriculture expert, helped me plant all of these seeds! We used some polypots and bottles I've been collecting from workshops and around the village. We planted moringa, papaya, and some agroforestry trees to use for live fencing, green manure, soil improvement, food, etc. I've been tending to these like my babies but unfortunately grasshoppers tore some apart! I definitely cried about it. After grieving for half an hour, I saved some of the survivors and am letting them live inside for now. Please keep my babies in your thoughts as they grow and get stronger.
Working on my next “People of Gouandé” post ✨stay tuned ✨ but taking a small break to say hi and to remind you to breath some fresh air and drink water and that there are so many of you I cannot wait to see and hug so soon! 19 days left in village! ☀️ #benin#westafrica#peacecorpsvolunteer
I honestly can't believe that I've been in Comoros for almost 2 years now, and even more crazy to me is that in less than a month I'll be back state side. Though I'll be missing my Comorian family like crazy, I'm so excited to com back and be with my friends and family, begin my master at Johns Hopkins, and start teaching in Washington DC. As many of you know, my family moved to Ohio during my service, so that's where I'll be for the first month before I move to DC in June. So please come visit, buy me food cause I'm broke, and help me readjust to America! Catch me state-side starting May 20th! #peacecorps#peacecorpscomoros#comoros#peacecorpsvolunteer#closingofservice#howiseepc#everydayafrica