my site

Written Sunday, May 8, 2011 On Tuesday, we got our site assignments. I opened my assignment packet and read the first few sentences that graced the cover letter: You are about to embark on a journey that will change your life. Peace Corps will give you the opportunity to directly affect the lives of many … More my site

back in the city

Written Monday, May 2 We finished CBT (technical training for our sector) and returned to Santo Domingo on Friday, but not before I had one of the most embarrassing moments I’ve ever in my life experienced. I have to share this on the World Wide Web, because sometimes you’re so humbled (or humiliated) that you … More back in the city

storm back home

Written Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Saturday afternoon a tornado ripped through Raleigh and other parts of North Carolina. I found out around 8pm that evening, right before going to watch a movie with the other volunteers. I called my sister in Raleigh to make sure they were okay, and she got back in touch with … More storm back home

canto a mi Dios

Written Today 🙂 This past Sunday, I visited the church again. Even for a Pentecostal church, their services are long! Lol but I enjoyed myself. Their praise team is really good, as well as their musicians. I thought it would be a good idea to meet some of them, and sit in on a praise … More canto a mi Dios

cbt

Written Monday, March 28, 2011 On Thursday of last week the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) group traveled to El Seibo, where we’ll spend the next several weeks in technical training for our sector (what PC calls community-based training, or CBT). This has been a really nice change from congested Santo Domingo. The community is … More cbt

volunteer visit

Written Today 🙂 On Thursday we went on our volunteer visits. Each trainee visited a current volunteer within his/her sector to get an idea of what it’s like to be an actual volunteer. My volunteer lived in Manabao, which in the mountains. It was coooooooooold! At night I to layer up with several blankets and … More volunteer visit

la raza

Written Tuesday, March 15, 2011 On Monday we discussed race in the Dominican Republic, and specially, how Dominicans view themselves. Dominicans (and most Latinos) don’t look at race as “black,” “white,” etc. but rather view their race, regardless of physical features, as solely “Dominican.” This point of view is what caused recent changes in the … More la raza

nine days in

so apparently, what i thought was the water coming (see previous blog post) was not it, and the water came for real a few days ago! i now love cold showers. they are much preferable to bucket baths with no running water. next week we go to visit current volunteers, so i’m pretty excited about … More nine days in

staging

Staging (a one-day, pre-training orientation) went well today. Tomorrow we go to the Dominican Republic. Excited, but more than that, very, very, very exhausted. My next blog update will be from the DR :). I’m still not sure that it’s fully hit me that I’m away from home for two years. Maybe it will once … More staging

my peace corps timeline

here’s a timeline of the precursor to my journey with the peace corps. this timeline does not include every single update i underwent, but gives a good general picture of my application process. (late) january 2010: considered and prayed about joining peace corps. did some research. made the decision to join/apply for the peace corps. … More my peace corps timeline

pelo malo

“pelo malo.” it literally means “bad hair” in spanish. and in latin america (particularly the caribbean) it’s something heard not infrequently. so i’m trying to prepare myself for how i’ll react when i hear it in the dominican republic. i’ll be there for 27 months. my hair is natural. so i know i’ll hear it. … More pelo malo