Peace Corps vs. Teach for America

Before I accepted my invitation to join the Peace Corps, I scoured the internet for resources comparing Peace Corps with Teach for America.  Here’s the blog I wish I had read.  I was invited to Peace Corps Ethiopia March 22, 2012, one day before my interview for Teach for America.  I discovered I was accepted … Continue reading

Recommending Ethiopia

It’s no secret that Peace Corps is changing its approach to recruitment and placement for future volunteers.  In response to the decreasing number of interested applicants, Peace Corps is now letting those with a desire to join its ranks offer input in their job description and location of service. I first applied to the Peace … Continue reading

Get by with a little help from my FRIENDS!

Get by with a little help from my FRIENDS!

They say you can judge a girl by her friends! Here were the volunteers closest to me in Peace Corps Ethiopia: Sarah Arnold Sarah (G7) is from Virginia Beach, Virginia.  I met Sarah our first week in Ethiopia at Kings hotel.  Sarah graduated from Liberty University but has also lived in South Africa and Denver, … Continue reading

Excerpt from Room

In the world I notice persons are nearly always stressed and have no time.  Even Grandma often says that, but she and Steppa don’t have jobs, so I don’t know how persons with jobs do the jobs and all the living as well.  In Room me and Ma had time for everything.  I guess the … Continue reading

Six Word Memoirs

For our Close of Service Conference, we wrote six word memoirs that summed up our experiences in Peace Corps Ethiopia.  If you know anything about an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, you’ll appreciate mine:   Roast, pound, brew, pour, sweeten, stir.

This I believe

For our COS conference, we listened to a segment of the podcast/radio show “This I Believe,” and constructed our own statements of belief based on our experiences in Ethiopia.  Here’s mine:   I used to believe that arts were a luxury.  As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I imagined there’d be more pressing issues in international … Continue reading

Notes to a former self

Joining the Peace Corps sure does sound like a hurdle to jump, but the biggest challenges you’ll face have nothing to do with Africa and everything to do with yourself. You will write lots of letters, long handwritten letters. People will tell you they’ll write back, but they won’t. Write anyways. It’s ok to skip … Continue reading

Protests and peace

There was political instability a few weeks ago in my region of the country. Regarding that, here is my big, fat, US government-issued “no comment.” (Research #oromoprotests or #freezoneninebloggers if you’re interested in what was/is happening.) Regarding the way men with guns and rocks flying at protests affected my service, well, here you have it. … Continue reading