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…

Site Announcement

After much (much, much, much, MUCH) anticipation, the day of site announcements finally came. At last we know where we will be living and working for the next two years, and are able to form the beginning of a picture of our new life in Liberia. I know many of you have been waiting for this…

Off to Model School We Go

Greetings! This past Saturday, Amy and I sat in an auditorium packed with students, parents, faculty, Peace Corps staff, and our fellow trainees to celebrate the achievement of over 700 students and the completion of Peace Corps’ model school. Three weeks ago we both walked into a classroom to teach for the first time. On…

Let Us Eat

Since our arrival, and even before we left America, Nick and I have gotten many questions from friends and family about food. What kinds of food do they have access to in Liberia? What is Liberian food like? Are you starving? (To quickly address this last question, I want to reassure you all that we…