Officially a Peace Corps Volunteer {Month 3 – September 2017}

Officially a Peace Corps Volunteer {Month 3 – September 2017}

“Does Meli drink coffee?” my neighbor asked my previous volunteer. Tikön looks over at me and I nodded.  “Good, because that’s all we have to give,” Tikön and I sat on a bed that’s essentially wooden slabs thrown together like a table, but since there was no other place to sit the bed became our …

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Volunteer Site Visit {PST Week 4}

Volunteer Site Visit {PST Week 4}

As I was sitting with the indigenous Ngobe women making chakaras under a giant, majestic “grandmother” tree like in Pocahantas, I took a step back and thought to myself, what an incredible opportunity it is to be here, to learn from the gente, and to integrate into a seemingly disappearing culture. It was at that …

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Playa Farallon

Playa Farallon

Pre-Service Training (PST) is an intense three months of integration into Panama and learning about everything Peace Corps. All of us were feeling a ton of pressure and felt the need to decompress, so we headed to the beach! The best beaches from Panama City are only 2 hours away, so we hopped on a …

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Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California

Sacramento was my home for almost a full year, and it really grew on me over time and I began to love the whole “Midtown life.” I had so much fun living down the street from tons of trendy restaurants, coffee shops, and being able to walk everywhere. Below are some of my top places …

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California Road Trip

California Road Trip

A few weeks ago I went down to Southern California one last time to visit friends and family before departing for the Peace Corps. One of my cousins who had never been to California before came out to visit and I decided to make a fun road trip out of it of all my favorite …

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