Upon first meeting me, people can easily conclude from my features that my ethnicity is Asian. I have thick black hair, small monolid eyes, and a flat nose. My 23 and Me DNA test came back as 99% East Asian, which didn't drop anybody's jaws as a surprise. But for the first twenty or so … Continue reading Being a Korean American Adoptee in the Peace Corps (Zambia)
"... living on less than one dollar a day" You hear this phrase on commercials to sponsor children in Africa, a catchphrase when it comes to describing the complicated issue of poverty. It's tossed around often, as is the idea that most people on the ginormous continent of Africa are poor. Yes, poverty is certainly … Continue reading What Can One Dollar Buy in Zambia?
Peace Corps is a unique development organization in that volunteers live in the communities they serve. Like our neighbors, our house is made of mud bricks and mortar. We poop in a hole, cook over a fire, and fetch our water like everyone else does. Living in a rural village isn't an easy adjustment, but … Continue reading 5 Essential Items in a Zambian Village
Only a small fraction of Peace Corps volunteers serve with a partner. Until recently, only those married for at least one year were accepted, but the organization opened positions for unmarried and same-sex couples. The Peace Corps' reasoning for only accepting married couples is that service can put a strain on a relationship, but I … Continue reading Serving in the Peace Corps as a Couple
Reflecting on the first 48 hours of Peace Corps, I remember a whirlwind of packing, introductions, buses, airports, and flights. Eventually, we found ourselves in a conference room in Lusaka where the medical officer gave a bottle of medicine. "Take one, pass it on". We all gulped down what I found out to be Malarone, … Continue reading Fight the Bite! Malaria Bike Tour
Promoting small scale fish farming is our main Peace Corps project (read more about this initiative!), but volunteers have the freedom to work on secondary projects in work such as gender, health, education, agroforestry, etc. Camps are a big part of Peace Corps Zambia. There's GLOW (Girls Leading Our World), BRAVE (Boys Respecting and Valuing … Continue reading Camp TREE – Teaching Respect for Everyone’s Environment
Peace Corps Zambia recently held a video contest for PCVs to share what life is like in their villages. I've enjoyed watching everyone's creativity and seeing how much each site varies. There is no typical day, but we tried to fit little snippets of our life here. Hope you enjoy! Be sure to check out … Continue reading Peace Corps Zambia: Day in the Life Video