This has been hard to write, so I apologize for the serious delay. In October of 2017, there were attacks in the north of my province, Cabo Delgado, in rural areas. These attacks resulted in deaths and were purported to be by radical Islamists. Peace Corps did a great job of handling the situation and … Continue reading On Loving and Leaving (round 2)
Time for my first update on the PCMoz Wellness Challenge! If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out my post here. This is for the first week of the challenge, aka June 1-3. June 1: Send a funny voice message or picture to a fellow volunteer you don't see often (2 points). I … Continue reading Wellness Challenge Update #1
Hey friends! PSN (Peer Support Network) here in Moz is having their wellness challenge month this June! I'm excited to prioritize wellness this month, and I want you to help hold me accountable and join in if you'd like! The challenge calendar is below, and I'll be trying to post weekly updates on my progress. … Continue reading June, Accountability, and Wellness
While I was in Nampula for ReConnect & PDM, I talked to PCMO (PC medical officer) about some teeth pain I've been having, and they decided to send me down to Maputo for the week to see the dentist. I was glad that they were taking my complaints seriously, but not excited that it meant … Continue reading Maputo & CLP TOT!
It's hard to believe that I've been in Mozambique for over 8 months now. I've also completed my first trimester of teaching! On top of that, our ReConnect conference (basically to see all the Moz 29 PCVs in the region again and debrief) just concluded along with our PDM (Project Design & Management) conference. It's … Continue reading First Trimester & ReConnect
Have you ever had a child scream into your face with such pure terror that you yourself were afraid and wanted to cry? I’ve had similar incidents of children screaming in horror when they saw me, but what happened this week for some reason also terrified me. For many of us white volunteers in more … Continue reading On Being Ncunha
Mental health is something that, unfortunately, does not get talked about enough in the Peace Corps. Most applicants know that the medical screening process is awful for anyone with anything that resembles mental health issues--including premarital counseling. Many are (rightfully) critical of PC for being behind the times with mental health and their employment/medical screening. … Continue reading Mental Health and the Peace Corps
International Women’s Day was Thursday and I made sure to celebrate with my classes. I have two turmas, 9A & 9D. The turmas are grouped by age, so my 9A students are around the ages of typical 9th graders (14-16) and my 9D students are older (18-25). Here in Mozambique, education is not mandatory or … Continue reading Who Run the World? GIRLS!
Last week, I enjoyed a "mandatory vacation"! Because of some visa issues* everyone in Moz 29 had to go to Nelspruit, South Africa to renew our visas. We went in 3 groups, and I was in the final group, with the rest of the Cababes (our name for the 8 voluntarias from Moz 29 in Cabo … Continue reading Mandatory Vacation!
It's been over two weeks since I've given an update. Sorry for the major delay, things have been crazy busy! First, the biggest news: I'm NOT moving! Wait, what!? Yes, you read that correctly. I am staying here, in Ancuabe. After a lot of negotiating and advocating on our behalf, Peace Corps staff and … Continue reading Plot Twist!