Peace Corps service is no doubt a transformational time for every volunteer.
I took a selfie nearly every day for the 775 days of my service; watch how the time changed me.
I spent 775 days in Peace Corps The Gambia. But how do you truly measure that time when so many of the experiences can’t be explained? How do you count the moments of love, the lessons in resilience?
There’s something incredibly special about watching your loved ones accomplish their firsts. Their first time eating ice cream, swimming in the ocean, seeing an airplane….
With greeting rituals and hospitality as a cornerstone of the culture, it is no surprise that The Gambia is known as The Smiling Coast of Africa. Gambians are happy with just the simple things in life. Watch this video to see what makes The Smiling Coast smile.
Much to the girls’ disappointment, my hair was far too short to plait for nearly the entire first half of my service. Before my hair…
Bees are perfectly predictable. They are most active in the heat of the day and quiet at night; they like flowering trees such as silk cottons, baobabs and cashews; the females do all the work; and a colony will do anything to protect its queen.
Yet, bees can be unpredictable too. And as unpredictably as our bees came, they left. A massive storm knocked our first hive to the ground, causing the colony to abscond a few days later. Over the next few months, we tended to two more colonies that would eventually leave for reasons we would never discover.