Science Rules

Greetings! Peace Corps’ primary mission in Liberia is education, meaning we volunteers are each assigned to a middle or high school. However, we are also encouraged to take on various side projects in our communities. Back in February, we collaborated with about ten other volunteers in the Southeast of Liberia, along with a dozen Liberian…

This Little Light of Mine

  Today, I want to talk small about electricity. Just for a moment, think about how crazy people in the US get when a big storm is approaching. Think about how useless we all become when the power goes out. Then imagine that’s what your life is like every day. It is a reality for…

Take Me Home, Country Roads

Hello my strangers. We’re running way behind on blog posts, sorry yeah? (Pro tip: sorry yeah is Liberian English for sorry, not sorry.) It’s been a crazy year so far, so let’s get you all caught up! Best to start where we left off from our regular posting, sometime around January… ::cue melodious music and…

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…