That was where it turned from a “I want this for me” to a “I need to do this for others” feeling. And that’s when I knew it was something I not only wanted to do, or could handle, but I needed to do it to give back to the world. I needed to use my skills and body and vigor to provide a service to others who needed it. I needed to learn how to give to others, to give myself and everything I am to other people, to help them. … More How I fell in love with the PCV Mission
I’m going to tell you something very valuable about PCT… bug nets are a bloody pain to deal with. At first it’s kinda fun. You get to feel like you’re camping indoors like all those forts you made as a child. Then you learn… … More Week 4 & 5 Random Thoughts
I’m starting to lose enthusiasm for blogging. Week one was exhausting but every day I had a thought I wanted to put down and share with my friends, family, and potential volunteers. I still have those thoughts I want to record and share, but several weeks of constant work and too little sleep is starting to take its toll on me. … More PST: Week 4 & 5
I got tired of adding my random thoughts to my weekly posts about PST, so they now get their own post. Welcome to the terrifying workings of my mind. … More Week 3 Random Thoughts
You don’t really understand what it’s going to be like until you are a few weeks into PST. You can read all the blog posts in the world, but until you live it you’ll only have a half idea of the reality. … More PST: Week 3
This week began our Homestay. And this week started on a Thursday. Not your typical Mon-Sunday schedule, but the days bleed into each other during training and one has to make their own delineations of time in order to create understanding out of chaos. … More PST: Week 2
The days blur together for the most part, with little moments jumping out at me and making an impact on my memory. … More PST: Week 1
I want to see what I’m really made of. I want to see if I’m tough enough. And I want to show myself that uncertainty isn’t always a bad thing. I need to gain confidence away from my safety net of parents and friends if I’m ever going to be able to function in the world as an adult. … More Fear of the unknown…
I’ve said for months I wouldn’t believe this adventure was real until I was wheels up over the Atlantic after staging. We’ll, staging came and went and I’m currently sitting in a tiny airplane seat after sleeping about 8 hours on short spurts and I’m still not quite sure it’s actually happening. … More Staging – it actually happened.
What a lot of people in the US don’t think about is how once you leave the country it can be very hard to get access to things you forgot to take. Sending a package across the U.S. from the east coast to the west is no biggie for us normally, but sending a package over the ocean to Africa is another matter entirely. … More Final Packing List: 8 days out
In the context of things most people think of as “fears” like spiders and snakes and getting sick, I have a few things that just about terrify me.
2. Underground caves & tunnels
… More Scorpions, Caves, and Monkeys…