When thinking about writing about a normal day as a community health PCV in Swaziland, I just laughed. There are no normal days.
I picked a week to report on where I had very little on my calendar to start with, and by the end of the week, I was exhausted from the number of activities that came up. Sometimes, though, the week does not get filled with activities and sometimes I know the week will be extremely busy before it starts.
I will be posting each day this week with the activities I did on the corresponding day a few weeks ago.
Remember that this is only representative of my life. Other PCVs in Swaziland have very different schedules and are working on different projects and activities in their communities. We are supposed to be meeting the needs of our communities, and of course, each of our 70-some communities have different needs, which means we work on different projects across the country.
730: Awake and check email and WhatsApp from bed.
800: Out of bed, check for insects, boil water for tea, and I make breakfast with cereal and a slice of toast with peanut butter. I get dressed and soak 30 beans to plant that day.
900: I peruse the grass near my house looking for manure for my garden. I also collect dried leaves and green grass to use in my beds. I mark each spot for a seed with a small stick and then I plant the bean seeds to the left of each stick.
1030: Fetch water and bathe.
1110: Leave for savings group at the school.
1130: The meeting is short, with everyone contributing E20 and some of the members borrowing money.
1230: At home, I prepare lunch and pack my bag for English club.
1330: I head to the stesh to catch a khumbi to the high school. I never know how long I will have to wait, so I have to be early. The ride itself takes only 10 minutes, with about five minutes of walking on both ends. Sometimes I get to school at 1400 and other times it is closer to 1430.
1440: Classes end at school, but it takes until nearly 1500 to get the students to the club. We cover idioms until the school day is over at 1540.
1550: I get a ride from the school to my community from one of the English teachers who drives home through my community. I get home around 1610.
1615: I have lots of ideas about a TB event that I discuss with a community member on WhatsApp.
1640: siSwati lesson.
1750: Play with the kids on my homestead.
1830: Cook chicken curry for dinner.
1930: Learn the ummiso dance with two of my sisters. This is the most traditional of all the dances for unmarried females.
2000: I read, make plans for the next issue of the SOJO, and discuss plans for a TB and HIV event.