Swearing in Ceremony

PST c’est fini! Language training – passed! Site visit – boom! OSTT – completed! It was finally time to swear in and service to begin. We all headed together back south with only a slight setback near Techiman. It resulted in hanging out at a restaurant from lunch through dinner and having to crash at…

Macondo

SITE VISIT In late November 2015, close to two months after first arriving in Ghana, we got to visit our sites! Note that all the events in this post happen before OSTT. We found out where our sites were at the Contact Persons’ Workshop. Each approved site sent a Contact Person to be the emergency…

Technical Training

First, let me point out that PST is different for every sector. Second, I have no idea if there are standard schedule outlines for every sector, regardless of host country. Meaning, PST for agriculture in Ghana may be different to that in say…Uruguay. So, any reference to scheduling here and training layout is likely to be…

Ya pusiya!

“Greetings to you all!” Greetings, everywhere in Ghana, are important. There are greetings for everything. And it is preferable to greet someone and be late to wherever you are going than ignore the person and make it on time (I learned this the hard way). It is also bad form to converse with someone and…

Mampruli it is

    About three weeks into PST, we learned which languages we would be learning. This identified where we would be generally located in the country. For the Twi speakers, it was more vague because Twi is one of the more widely spoken Ghanaian languages (there are estimated to be 80!). So Twi people could…

Homestay

Mid-October, we arrived at our homestay village and made our way to a corner of one of the local churches, where homestay families had already started to gather. We all eyed each other, wondering who ‘belonged’ to whom. I spotted a lady with a baby boy decked out in Chelsea FC blue. I commented to…

Thinking about Peace Corps

I have wanted to do Peace Corps (PC) since I was a child. I first learned of PC through my father and his colleagues. They all work in international agricultural research and many of them are Return Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). As I got older, my interest in environment, conservation and agriculture became more pronounced…

Another Peace Corps blog

“To promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.”     Like hundreds or maybe thousands of volunteers, I too have jumped on the blog bandwagon to start accomplishing Peace Corps (PC) Goal #3. Aside from Facebook and Instagram (follow me there too!), a blog is the best way for me…

Better late than never

This is late. I intended to start a blog during Pre-Service Training (PST). The change in lifestyle had more an effect on me than I imagined. PST is a strange time: no cellphones or internet access for the first week, adjusting to weather, getting to know your other Peace Corps Trainees (PCTs), homestay, no control…