The Sights & Sounds of South Sudan

As I write this I am approaching one month in the field – the weather is hot and a couple of brief rains this week have given us all some hope. For those of you who followed my Peace Corps adventures in Burkina Faso, I thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast aContinue reading “The Sights & Sounds of South Sudan”

Introduction to South Sudan

Greetings from Upper Nile State, South Sudan. I recently arrived in Maban County after a couple of weeks of quarantine, and I’m spending my time getting familiar with my surroundings and the excellent staff at my organization.  Some readers may already have an understanding of the work I’m doing but in order to give othersContinue reading “Introduction to South Sudan”

What I Brought to Burkina

So here we are, it has been 1 year since I officially swore in as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso. To mark that anniversary (and because there will be a new group coming in June) I’ve decided to post an annotated version of my original packing list in hopes that it will helpContinue reading “What I Brought to Burkina”

Top 10 Things I Never Thought I Would Become Accustomed To…

Well folks, we are to the final challenge of the 2016 blogging abroad challenge, #12. I going to say up front that some of the things I am about to admit might invoke some judgement, life here is different, I am different. That said, different can be an improvement so don’t judge it until youContinue reading “Top 10 Things I Never Thought I Would Become Accustomed To…”

20 Ways to Spend $1 US in Burkina

The next prompt for the blog challenge is money and while I’ve talked about it before I decided to go about it from a different angle. Currently the exchange rate is about 600 CFA for every $1 US. This has actually increased about 20% since I arrived a year ago. Due to the fact thatContinue reading “20 Ways to Spend $1 US in Burkina”


I just returned from a trip to the capital, where I celebrated Friendsgiving with some fellow volunteers and got some work done on grants for my various projects. It was a long trip, and I returned exhausted but feeling accomplished. Preparations for my Food Security Festival are going well; I’m hoping to get feedback on the grant so that I can getContinue reading “Friendsgiving”