Yup, I'm actually doing it. I'm taking the plunge. Starting August 12th I will be in Senegal working as a Small Enterprise Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Civilization = Internet in my Mind
I made it. 6 days in the village without internet, without a phone, and without a lot of toilet paper and I am alive. While I thought the conditions were going to be the thing that killed me, and the heat nearly has, it's actually the Africa time and the boredom that's getting to me. I'm slowly coming accustomed to waking up drenched in sweat and chocking down the rice and fish that I eat every day. What I'm dealing with is desire, passion, and goals.
The agriculture people get to see immediate results with their gardens, but the SED people may not ever see two companies merge or a grant come through and I don't know if talking to villagers and being a good example of an American are fulfilling enough for me. Even during the home stays right now the Ag people can work and tend to their gardens. I'm really bored and don't really have anything to do. I want to make sure the work is challenging and interesting. I want to make an impact and use the skills I died for at Ross.
The other challenging part of the home stay was what I thought I was getting into and what actually happened. I don't know what I thought Africa was going to be, but the poverty, ignorance of the outside world, and just general malaise is unnerving and takes a lot to get used to. I know that I can become used to the conditions, but do I want to? Do I want to give up everything I had in the states and live in a village, especially if I don't love my work?
I'm happy to be back in Thies. I'm happy to have the internet and be in communication with everyone. I need to find out if Peace Corps can make me happy. I hope it does. Hopefully, I will find out tomorrow.
PCV Alyssa Titche Corps de la Paix B.P. 957 Thiès, Senegal West Africa
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Wish List: Goodies, Treats... and Necessities
100 Calorie Packs
Jiff Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter
Mixed CDs (Leigh and Alex sent one and it was AMAZING)