Third year’ing

Like with most things, there is only so much one can prepare, set reasonable expectations and hope anything will turn out as planned. I had been thinking about extending my Peace Corps service before my first year was even over and developed the third year post during my second year. I also kept daily track…

Homegoing

I cannot remember when or who made the existence of the book Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi known to me. But it was soon after it hit the shelves in 2016 because it was an instant success and I have been waiting for over a year to read it. The story begins in 18th century Gold…

Living with electricity

  I have now been at my new site, Poblacion,* and therefore new house, for almost two months. I now live alone in a big house with three bedrooms, a kitchen, a porch and a large living room. I am even hooked up to the grid. I have ceiling fans and multiple sockets. This is…

Why is Peace Corps still in Ghana?

This week marks Peace Corps 57th anniversary. On 1 March, 1961, President Kennedy signed Executive Order 10924, establishing the Peace Corps (PC). In August of the same year, the first Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), teachers, arrived in Ghana to start their service. Peace Corps has been operating in Ghana for 57 uninterrupted years, having arrived…

Beginning of the End

The Close of Service (COS) conference is just around the corner for us Dusters (the Official Unofficial name of my intake group) and I am sitting here wondering where time went. It feels like just last week I got back from England and my BFF visited me. Instead, the end of the rainy season is…

Ghana Glo

A friend visited me in Ghana! And not just any friend but my BFF, one of my oldest friends – twenty years and counting – Gloria aka Glo. She is the friend who when we were kids, would not let me leave the house looking like a slob. And as the day progressed and my…

Northern Ghana Pre-Season Forum

The end of March marks the ‘hot season’ in Ghana. This is when the harmattan winds cease and humidity caused by sporadic rains makes the air even heavier and harder to deal with. Compared to 2016, this year is already proving to be different – for one, the first rain Macondo saw was only a…

Mid-service reflections and developments

These past two months I have been inconsistent with my posts. A busy time with harvest, lots of travel and saying bye to newly minted RPVCs. Not long ago I wrote an entry marking my one year in country but now I am just past the mid-service mark and still feeling reflective, further compounded, I…

A call for Boys Clubs

It is accepted that gender inequality cannot be solved without the participation from the dominant sex: men. For things to change, we should start young. Behaviors and gender roles are learned and learned young. They should also be challenged young. I am almost one year into service and I know countless volunteers, male or female,…

More than ever

Yesterday, I woke up, excited at the prospect of a female President of the United States of America. How far in the dust had she left Trump?! All too quickly my giddy emotions drained and were quickly replaced with dread and a sadness that rendered me immobile. I started crying and he had not even…

Why I voted

Today is it. Today, Americans head to the polls to decide who will be the next President of the United States of America. My Facebook posts yesterday were I guess a little too late. But maybe, maybe it reached one person who was thinking they would rather not spend their Tuesday morning standing in a…