Contact Me

I would love, love, love to hear from you.
Although I will have occasional access to the Internet, those occasions will be far and few between.  Break out that stationary you stashed away in the back of your junk drawer 15 years ago. Good ol’ fashioned snail mail really is the best way to reach me.

All mail is sent to Peace Corps Headquarters in the capital and later distributed to me in the village where I live. It could take several weeks for me to receive letters and one to two months to receive packages. So, be patient. I promise I will write you back — eventually!

It is good to number your letters and packages, so I know if something is missing and so I can read letters in the correct order.

My address is:
Jessica Fryman, PCV
C/O Peace Corps/The Gambia
P.O. Box 582
Banjul, The Gambia
West Africa

For tracking purposes, write “Air mail” and “Par avion” on the envelopes too.

If that all sounds like too much work — don’t worry! Although I may not see it, my blog loves to receive comments so feel free to leave a note on your favorite posts.

7 Responses

  1. Stephen Scanlon September 24, 2016 at 7:25 pm · Reply


    I just finished working my way through your blog. I happened upon it when I went in search of background to gain a rudimentary understanding of Gambian society as part of my quest to gain insight into varieties of civic engagement. While I can appreciate that a PCV must steer clear of civic affairs, I did thoroughly enjoy your mix of the mundane and insights. I thought I might enjoy the work of a journalist and I was not disappointed.

    Enough of flattery, now the ask. Since I imagine that you did not turn off your interest in civic affairs, can you suggest credible resources to help me gain a critical understanding of Gambian civic realities?

    As a social scientist, I am interested in how societies function. That is a tall order so I focus on small societies. I first took to a study of Belize and now The Gambia. Studies limited to a manageable scale should allow me to go deeper that I might otherwise. I had not intended to look to The Gambia for at least another year, but then I learned of the approaching presidential election. What an opportunity to follow a corrupt process while it is happening. The free press is alive in Belize but the overall intellectual development of the country is at level where there are too few demanding better quality of their leadership. The Gambia has neither a free press nor a sufficient intellectual level to hold civil society accountable. (And one is left to wonder in the US, with such enthusiasm for Trump, about our level of development….)

    So I throw out a question. Perhaps you have some pent up insight or referrals to offer.

    Regards, Stephen

  2. Raymond Blakney June 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm · Reply

    Hi Jessica,

    Sorry to bother you.  My name is Ray Blakney and I am an RPCV from Mexico (2006-2008). Thank you for your work on this blog, very inspiring stuff.. I am working on a 3rd goal project with the PC regional offices and the main office in DC to try to create an online archive to keep the language training material made all over the world from getting lost.  I have created a sub-section on the website my wife and I run Live Lingua with all the information I have been able to get to date (from over the web and sent to me directly by PC staff and PCV’s).  I currently have close to 100 languages with ebooks, audios, and even some videos. 
    The next step for this project is that I am trying to get the word out about this resource so that it can not only be used by PCV’s or those accepted into the Peace Corps, but also so that when people run across material that is not on the site they can send it to me and I can get it up for everybody to use.  I was hoping that you could help getting the word out by putting a link on this on your site here or in an upcoming articloe.

    Thay way, people know it is there.  There should be something there for almost everybody.  It is all 100% free to use and share.  Here is the specific page to what we call the Live Lingua Project:

    Thanks for any help you can provide in making this 3rd goal project a success.   And if anybody in your group has some old material they can scan or already have in digital form, and want to add to the archive, please don’t hesitate to pass them my email.  Thanks and have a great day.

  3. Juliana Mara April 13, 2019 at 6:44 am · Reply

    Hi Jessica!

    I’ve just discovered your blog on a research about Gambia. I think I’ll spend the weekend reading it, it sounds interesting and educational. I am very surprised to learn how much Gambians live on monthly, its appalling. I’ve started to help a young Gambian mam to educate people I his village about fmg. He seems to be honest and committed to the issue. I was just wondering if I could understand how life in Gambia is, since I don’t have any information about it or the means to visit it anytime soon. Thank you for your kindness and willingness to share information from an insider perspective. Have a good weekend!

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