First Site Visit {PST Week 8}

Sweat was pouring down the temples of my forehead and I was breathing heavy as I dragged my feet up another hill. My nagua was completely soaked and weighing me down with the sweat that streamed down my body. My guide was marching ahead, unphased by how tired I was after pasearing all day. He …

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Harvest Season {Month 4 – October 2017}

I thought it was the end; this wasn’t how I wanted things to be.  It was the dead of the night when I was stirring in my hammock, and I felt a rush of a burning sensation in my throat, rising to my nose, and foam bubbling out of my mouth. My eyes shot open …

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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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Tech Week {PST Week 6}

“Edi! How do you like it here?” I looked up from my bowl of rice, chicken feet, and boiled yuca, trying to make out the voice that was talking to me. It was the black of night, and there wasn’t a light to be found except from the glow of the embers beneath fogon. I …

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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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