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!
When Adam and I first visited Japan in 2014, I found it a pleasant and refreshing visit coming from Korea. I knew I wanted to come back to live to explore life here deeper than I could as a tourist. So, I made it happen. Last year, I lived in Nagoya and Tokyo in 2016 … Continue reading 9 Things I Love about Living in Japan
It sounds too good to be true, right? I promise, this is for real and it takes almost no effort. I earned $40 to book a guesthouse which I would have booked anyway. Since I stayed in Bali, the guest houses were cheap, so I basically had several nights free. How? It's simple. Booking.com has … Continue reading Earn $25 When You Book Accommodation!
Adam and I never exchanged Christmas gifts other than homemade paintings/cards or e-books. As frugal minimalists, we just don’t want to accumulate things we don’t need for the sake of giving a gift. But Adam gave me the best gift this year. During the warm and sunny holiday season in Sydney, we were housesitting in … Continue reading Skydiving in Goulburn, Australia – Adrenalin Skydive Review