Another Day in Paradise

Today, I decided to use this site as a bit of a diary. Here’s a glimpse at life in Liberia on a school day in March. Buckle up 🙂 We wake up around 7am to the sound of one of the neighbor kids sweeping the yard between our two houses (well, I wake up at 7,…

Who Tells Your Story

We are BUSY little killer African bees over here, but I promised more frequent updates and am going to make sure it happens. So this week, please enjoy a sampling from our VRF reports. This biannual volunteer report form asks PCVs to report everything they’re doing (in rather fine detail) back to Washington. This includes…

Na we naá kill snake. You kill snake, snake kill you.

Hello friends! The past few months have been jam-packed, but things are starting to return to normal, if only for a short while. There is much to tell you about, but in this post I want to focus on a trip I recently took to visit a friend and fellow volunteer in a neighboring village,…

Work, Work Work Work Work

In between our adventuring, traveling, and just generally surviving, we occasionally find time to do some actual work. Last weekend, we helped another volunteer from our town put together and run a science camp over semester break. We each invited 20 of our top students (so 60 students from three high schools in town). Camps…

Holiday Road

Time passes at a different speed in the Peace Corps. The general consensus among volunteers is that the days go by slowly, sometimes excruciatingly so. But the weeks, the months, our two years of service will pass in a blink. Nick and I just passed the seven month mark living in Africa. I feel like…

School Daze

Never one to be one upped, it’s time to post about MY school. You may be aware that I teach Physics to the 10th and 11th grade at slightly larger school than Amy (but who’s counting? I am. I’m counting.). Those of you who know me well may also know that Physics is not my,…

Let’s Get Down to Business

First, we set the scene. I’m typing this by candlelight, which is a bit surreal in itself. Though I am trying to focus on this quality blog content I’m about to drop, I can’t stop humming the melody of some Liberian rap song my neighbors just taught me. There is a goat bleating off in…

All The Small Things

Hello everyone! I thought it might be nice to talk this time about the more commonplace and mundane aspects of our lives here. Most of the below is the sort of thing we see and experience quite regularly and take for granted, but never thought to include in part of a blog post. However, since…

A Humble Servant

I thought I would take a quick detour from the path of our typical “check out what we’ve been up to” posts to offer a glimpse into some of the raw thoughts and emotions from our first months at site. While it’s important for us to share the culture of Liberia as we discover this…

Does anyone understand a word I’m saying?

    Hello all! We’ve been living in Grand Gedeh County for about six weeks now, and are slowly beginning to feel somewhat settled in. Our house certainly feels more like home – all it took was a little TLC, a few weekends, several trips to the hardware store, and lots of elbow grease. We’d…

Wait, what?

Phew! The past two weeks have been a blur. Transitioning from training to our permanent site has been no small thing-o! Let me do my best to fill you in… Leaving on a Jet Plane- Getting to the Southeast Two weeks ago, 16 newly minted PCVs were about to take the long journey from training…

Swearing In

Shortly after being made aware of our site placements, the trainee’s day-to-day lives took a turn.  Our Liberian English sessions became lessons on the local languages spoken in the regions to which we’d be moving, in our case Krahn.  Sessions about teaching techniques became lectures about the specific differences and approaches to teaching larger or…