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…

Monrovia

In an effort to familiarize us given the inevitable day that we need to seek medical treatment or visit Peace Corps Headquarters for administrative purposes, we visited Monrovia, Liberia’s capital and largest city, two weekends ago.  All 56 of us were loaded into cars in groups of 5, and we made the 90 minute trek…

Extracurricular Activities

We have been living in Liberia for about a month and a half now, and are just over the halfway point of pre-service training (PST). Nick and I have shared small stories about training, our family, and a taste of our adventures as we get to know the country we now call home. But our…

Wha ya nee?

No need to send out the cavalry, we are busy with training. There is much to catch you up on, but let’s start where we left off… On June 25th,  all of the LR-7 trainees and their families gathered at the training hall for the Peace Corps naming ceremony. This is an event where each…

There’s No Place Like Home

I am sitting on a wooden couch in a room lit by a small flashlight while writing this. Nick and Pa are talking about the football game blaring from the Video Club across the street. We are talking to Ma about politics, and cookouts, and that American football player that blew off his fingers with…

Next up – Adoption

A few short hours after our return from site exposure came the adoption ceremony. Just a bit of background on this – the bulk of PST  (pre-service training) is spent living with a host family in town. The host families have many responsibilities beyond housing and feeding the volunteers. They must also teach us how…