Roundup of what you need to know before joining Peace Corps Swaziland

Sanibonani G15!

I have written a lot about what life is like as a PCV in Swaziland in the last year. This post is just to serve as a compilation of all my useful posts for you and your concerned loved ones.

Organized clothing

All of my clothes reunited and sorted on the day I moved into my permanent site. Not once have I thought I overpacked clothing.

Packing and home life

These are a few of our favorite things

These are a few of my favorite things

My favorite items during PST

What Peace Corps gives us

Packing for Peace Corps Swaziland

Home supplies


Homestead hospitality in Swaziland

My permanent home in Swaziland

My first Swazi home


A week in the life










Traditionally dressed for Incwala.

Life in Swaziland

Dreams and hope in Swaziland

Monthly expenses as a PCV in Swaziland

There’s more to me and America than what Swazis know from TV

Transportation in Swaziland

Home for the holidays and advice on the Peace Corps life

Love and hardship with my training family

Learning about my community and the art of saying no

What’s in a Swazi name?

Upholding the meaning of my first name

Overview of Peace Corps Swaziland’s PST

Lessons learned in the first month as a Peace Corps Trainee

My first day as Ntombi

Impressions of Swaziland



A lion at Hlane

What to do in Swaziland

Top activities in Swaziland

Wildlife at Mbuluzi and Mlawula

Rhinos at Hlane Royal National Park

Lions at Hlane Royal National Park

Elephants at Hlane Royal National Park



Me, my sisi, and my chickens

A moment in my life

A week without professions of love


Community meeting

Winter coats in summer

A green lollipop

Mama cow steals my water


Words of wisdom from Make on cats

Trash bags and rainstorms

Water use and reuse


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3 Responses to Roundup of what you need to know before joining Peace Corps Swaziland

  1. Danielle Riley says:

    Hi, I might be G15! My name is Danielle and I’ve been invited to serve as a health extension volunteer in Swaziland. I’m still working on getting through health check and legal clearance right now though before I can definitely say I’m part of G15. I have so many questions for you, but I figured I would just introduce myself first. So hello!

    • elliewick says:

      Hi Danielle! Sorry it’s taken me a few days to respond – I’m out of internet for the month. Please ask away. My email is or my whatsapp is +26876567380. If you use whatsapp, remember it’s 7 hours later here than in EST. And it may take a while for me to respond the next two weeks. I’m leaving on a big trip on Thursday and I don’t know what my internet situation will be like after the first few days. But I will respond to you as soon as I can!

    • elliewick says:

      Hi Danielle! I just wanted to check in with you to make sure I didn’t miss an email from you. Please let me know if you still have questions!

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