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!
Home. A concept I've been turning over in my mind a lot lately. You might have read my blog post about my house and community and how much I've really learned to love it here in Ancuabe. I love the view of the mountain, I love the mango tree in my yard, I love sitting … Continue reading On Loving and Leaving
Hey friends, sorry for the lack of exciting updates this week. I've been sick off and on (nothing serious!) and therefore pretty low on energy and motivation. However, I still wanted to fulfill my promise of weekly Moz updates. This week, I'm not doing the updating though! I thought it'd be nice for friends and … Continue reading Widen Your Perspective
Mozambique, our glorious land Rock by rock, constructing a new day Millions of arms, but one strength Oh homeland, we will overcome - Translated lyrics to chorus of Mozambique’s National Anthem Mozambique is a glorious land. This past weekend, I took a trip to Montepuez, a city about 2-5 hours, to visit friends and it … Continue reading On Shitholes
This blog post is part of Blogging Abroad's blog challenge. Each week, I receive a thought-provoking prompt and get to write about it and share it here with you! This week is about my "why." Since I love both lists and questions, I'm responding to this prompt in a Q&A format. I also love this … Continue reading My Why
Yesterday afternoon, I sat on my back porch with a handful of crianças and chalk. One of the little ways I show them that I care and secretly work on their reading skills is to write their names and ask them if they know what it says. It's also fun for me because I get … Continue reading Ancuabe…ahn quwa bay…Ancuabe.
Holy poop! It’s been a CRAZY busy past two months! I’m now officially a Peace Corps Volunteer! And I’m living at my permanent site! More on all of this later, I promise. The rest of training flew by in a time of rapid information intake and constant preparations. But, I survived what many say is … Continue reading The Rest of Training: Phase 2 & 3