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…

Site Exposure- Nick’s Trip

Less than a week into our training came site exposure – this consists of travelling across Liberia to visit the home of a currently serving Peace Corps Volunteer, and staying with them for three days.  We split into groups of three or four, and spent Sunday travelling, some close and some far, to the various…

Site Exposure- Amy’s Adventure

O-wann-ae (Hello) For the past few days, the LR-7 PC trainees have been visiting current volunteer’s communities around the country. We have been pushed from the comfortable nest of our training compound and sent out into the real world of no wi-fi/power, bucket showers, Liberian English, and spiders the size of my hand. Sunday morning,…

The Rain Down in Africa

Nick and I woke up early this morning to watch the sunrise and wash our clothes in a bucket on the porch of the training hall dorms. While I scrubbed (and scrubbed and scrubbed) I found my mind wandering around thoughts ranging from, “I cannot believe this is my new home.” to the more practical,…

Landed in Liberia

The Weinlands have officially landed in Liberia! And it is hot, and we’ve been traveling for ~24 hours. We may be sweaty, but we are so happy. A dream imagined on a beach less than a year ago has been fully realized, and we are not in Ohio anymore Toto. These past few weeks have…