October 31, 2018

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls, etc.

There are moments when I realize just how incredible of an experience being a Peace Corps Volunteer is. During my trip to Dindefelo Falls, the largest waterfall in Senegal, with two of my closest friends in Peace Corps, I had quite a few of those moments. After finishing our breakfast sandwiches in the morning, Emma, Andrew, and I started our 35 kilometer bike ride to Dindefelo Falls. Three hours later, we arrived in Dindefelo, the closest village to the waterfall. After treating ourselves to a Gazelle after our long ride, we began the 45 minute hike to the waterfall. Luckily for us, we had the whole waterfall to ourselves. We…

August 15, 2018

Sanjio Naata!

When discussing the length and time of service, most volunteers swear by the saying that the days pass slowly while the months fly by. In my limited experience at site, I couldn’t agree more. I blinked and my first two months at site were over. My time was spent attempting to complete my pre-IST (in-service training) activities, working at the health post, constantly studying Malinke, and traveling to another region for language seminar. I began branching out more in my community, forging relationships with community members while (inshallah) improving my Malinke at the same time.  My pre-IST activities included painting a mural at the health post (see below), interviewing community…

June 9, 2018

From Swearing In to Settling In

After 11 weeks of traveling between Mbour and Thies and having technical training, policy training, and intensive Malinke language training, I was sworn-in as a Peace Corps Volunteer on May 11, 2018 in Dakar with rest of my 64-person stage of community health and community economic development volunteers. With a quick one-day turnaround, my fellow volunteers and I packed up our bags, scattering across the country to begin our new lives as Peace Corps Volunteers. After what seemed like a lifetime but was more like 14 hours, I arrived at the Peace Corps transit house in Kedougou.   My site is located in the southeastern region of Kedougou. Kedougou is…