This is our home. We are the first Peace Corps volunteers to live in this community - the first foreigners, actually. The house and area were barren when we first arrived one year ago, but a lot has changed over the time. In the future, I'll write a more in-depth post about the DIY and … Continue reading Peace Corps Zambia – House Tour Video
Having lived in Korea for three years, I quickly learned how essential kimchi is (my vegan kimchi recipe!); that people eat it three times a day and households have dedicated fridges just to store the stinky fermented vegetables. Kimchi is not just a spicy side dish, it is the center of Korean culture and a … Continue reading All About Nshima – The Zambian Dish
Gender equality is a social issue in most countries in the world, including the United States. Empowering women and girls is a major key in all aspects of development. In rural villages of Zambia, both men and women work hard, but traditionally defined gender roles require women to work longer hours, ultimately resulting in differing … Continue reading Day in the Life of a Girl – Peace Corps 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
Peace Corps volunteers are required to speak the local language of the community and conduct work in that language. Some posts have a language requirement, such as Spanish or French, but Zambia did not. Even though English is the official language of Zambia, over 70 local languages are spoken throughout the country. The 200-something Peace … Continue reading Learning a Zambian Local Language: Bemba
What kind of Peace Corps blog doesn’t have a packing list? I read through dozens upon dozens of lists and no two are the same. What you pack obviously depends on your host country, your work, and your personal preferences. I am packing everything in a 70-L Osprey backpack (bought this off a friend in … Continue reading Peace Corps Zambia RAP 2018 – Packing List
If you're reading this, perhaps you already know that Adam and I will be serving with the Peace Corps in Zambia. What is the Peace Corps and why did we join? Where is Lusaka? Read all about it! Time is winding down since we first applied to serve in the Peace Corps last April (check … Continue reading One Week until Peace Corps Zambia!