Category Archives: Cultural Experiences

umlungu blues

I’ve been sitting on my porch for a while today, swatting away aggressive flies and scribbling some thoughts about skin colour that I thought I’d try to organize and share with you all. I’m sure some of you have been … Continue reading

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the name game

What’s in a name? Well, letters. And for most Americans that’s about all we know or potentially care about. To us (or at least to me), names are strings of letters to which we have been trained to respond (thanks, … Continue reading

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[dis]comfort

Sawubona, cyber world!  I just got back from an amazing weekend trip to Durban – several PCVs met up to attend a soccer game…South Africa is hosting the AFCON (Africa Cup of Nations) this year and we decided it’d be … Continue reading

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box of issues

Thus far, I have really enjoyed my September-November phase of community integration.  I’ve been extremely welcomed by my village (since I’m the first PCV here, this is an integral step), my family and I get along famously, and life at … Continue reading

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harry potter and the pit latrine of fire

Being a Peace Corps Volunteer brings many charges: create sustainable change, learn from the host country’s culture while respectfully imparting the United States’, and entertaining oneself during downtime. The latter can manifest itself in wonderfully productive ways as well as … Continue reading

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