At the end of November, I earned my R! After 3 months as a PCT (Peace Corps Trainee) and 2 years as a PCV (Peace Corps Volunteer), I am finally an RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteer). I spent a week traveling with friends to celebrate the end of our service – we had an unforgettable time in … More Sala Hantle!
When I said goodbye to the women’s group that I work with, they gave me the most beautiful and thoughtful gift. This grass mat, woven by my friend and local grandmother ‘M’e Maletuka, has miniature versions of traditional Basotho objects hanging from it. They told me it was so I could share Basotho culture with … More Mpho
As I’m writing this, I have 8 days remaining in my village. Soon, I’ll be on my way to the capital for several days of paperwork, and soon after that… I’ll be a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV). For so long, my job was to do stuff. I conducted needs assessments, designed projects, and carried … More Transition
Today, October 7, marks two years since I stepped off a plane in Lesotho. Last year, I wrote a post about the things I’d gained and lost in my first year here. This year, I don’t have quite the same kind of well-planned post, but I have some thoughts all the same. Peace Corps is … More 2 Years
As of today, I have less than 2 months remaining in my Peace Corps service. That sentence makes me feel… everything… so instead, here’s a list of things that have made me laugh recently! My host family feeds my dog when I’m out of town. Recently I came home to see my 2 year old … More Funny Moments 8
The third and final event that my community put on with the help of grant money (see the last 2 posts for more!) was a football game and HIV testing event aimed specifically at men. I’ve been working a lot with women in the last year, most obviously with the women’s group I help to … More Grant #3: Men’s HIV Testing Event
Last year, a fifth grade girl at my school had some kind of seizure at school. It was terrifying, and none of the teachers really knew what to do. Our clinic is a 3-hour walk away, and this girl was in no shape to walk. Transport to the clinic is only available once a day, … More Grant #2: First Aid Workshop