Swearing in

On Tuesday August 14, 2018 despite any reservations anyone may or may not have had, I, along with 22 others was sworn in as a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda representing cohort Health 10. I wore a fancy dress. I put on make-up. I danced on live TV. I listened to speeches given by my […]

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Learning a language that will never be used again

Before leaving for Rwanda, my coworkers attempted to help me study Kinyarwanda… of course, this was fruitless, but entertaining, being that none of us had any experience with a Bantu language prior.  But I learned about 5 words before leaving the comfy confines of the English language… mostly easy words like yego, oya, malariya, and […]

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Splish splash… I was takin’ a [bucket] bath

Splish, splash, I was takin’ a [bucket] bath Long about a Saturday night, yeah A rub dub, just relaxin’ in the tub Thinkin’ everythin’ was alright Well, I stepped out the tub I put my feet on the floor I wrapped the towel around me and I Opened the door…………………………… Bobby Darrin It has been […]

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I’m a stranger here myself

What the actual F*ck am I doing here? It’s a question I ask myself daily, sometimes hourly, and occasionally every few minutes. I have been in Rwanda just under two months and have spent all that time save one week in our training village of Rwamagana learning Kinyarwanda and how to be a Peace Corps […]

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By the numbers: 1st edition

This post is a little different than previous posts as I am currently visiting my future home. I thought I would quantify my experience in Rwanda thus far. 0: Number of pants that I brought that still fit.  Note: I still wear all the pants that are too big so my outfits these days are […]

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Other duties as required

‘Other duties as required’… it’s a phrase I’ve always hated–that very vague part of the job description where an employer can ask to to do almost anything and before you can say ‘no’ they come back with ‘other duties as required’. As it pertains to a Peace Corps Maternal-Child Health volunteer, other duties as required […]

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Holidays and Exams

It’s been a busy week out here in training-land.  3 holidays in one week, and only one day off. July 1 is Rwandan Independence Day [but it’s not celebrated].  July 4 is both American Independence Day and Rwandan Liberation Day, and for us, our only day off.  My fellow trainees and I went to the […]

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Pre-Service Training

For those of you who like my soul searching [baring?] posts, this is not one of them.  Stay tuned next week for more of that.  This one is about pre-service training.  What exactly is pre-service training?  Glad you asked.  If you thought, like I did at one point, that as soon as I got on […]

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World Cup and Making Friends

I described the process of being matched up with host families as being puppies at the pound. Imagine this:  You are placed in a room with about 50 people who you do not know, where everyone is speaking a language you do not know.  All you can do is listen for your name.  And when […]

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