Peace Corps can grant volunteers with a very liberal schedule (depending on your placement and work assignment). Depending on how lazy a volunteer chooses to be, it might be possible to achieve a service comprised of 98% free time. I, however, have worked hard to stay busy and start projects within my community. That being […]
In my community and across Africa, malaria is of big concern. Peace Corps volunteers work to teach others how to best protect themselves from contracting malaria and the proper and timely steps to take if they contract malaria. Some do their teaching in a more formal education setting, in Burkina referred to as a formation. For […]
I may have stated this before, but I feel that the most rewarding part of Peace Corps has been the people I have met. Collecting traditional folktales and personal histories of villagers and friends has really helped me to glimpse into the lives of those whom I am working and living with. A few months […]
The money just came in for my big project as a Peace Corps volunteer. Many members of my community and I have set out to conduct a 21 week long educational course on gardening, which I’m calling the “Garden School.” The Garden School project aims to install a productive and profitable garden in my village, […]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LOadrQAfaY&w=853&h=480] Above is my friend Patrice, playing guitar and singing a song in Jula/French. This was filmed at his house, in his lean-to under a giant Baobab tree. I have no idea who the other guy is.
My first year of Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso has just finished. This time next year, I will find myself back in the United States, preparing to move back to Bloomington, Indiana were I finish my last year of graduate school at SPEA. As I reflect on the past year, several events come to […]
This video is of one of the transport options I have in my village. Most of the time I take a slightly better version of transportation. My normal transport is still a deisel truck but it has a ceiling and old school bus chairs bolted to the floor, rather than setting on sacks of produce. […]