A roundup of what you need to know before joining Peace Corps Eswatini

Sanibonani G17 and other potential PCVs out there!

I have written a lot about what life is like as a PCV in eSwatini during my 38 months of service. Your departure date is approaching quickly, and maybe a few of you only just received medical clearance like I did (I had about three weeks between being cleared and departure!). This post is a compilation of posts I think are most useful for you and your family and friends. And if you cannot find an answer to a question here, please comment on this post. I cannot wait to meet all of you in a few short weeks!

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 to wear while serving as a PCV in eSwatini

My most-used items as a PCV in eSwatini

So much fabric leads to so many new clothes

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

What can I buy in eSwatini?

How to survive winter in eSwatini


Making announcements at morning assembly at my high school.

A week in the life









Traditional dress for an unmarried female.

Life in eSwatini

Gratitude for the last 25 months

Two years in the Peace Corps in numbers

Reflections on life after a year as a PCV 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

Extension life: English is confusing

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

Tick bite fever: Another strange illness to add to my Peace Corps service

Gratitude: Close of Service

A moment in my life: The wrong khumbi. Twice.

The chicken diaries: Slaughter time

The curious incident of the rodent in the night-time

Learning siSwati is hard

Wednesday photo: Language test

Surprise in the bathroom


The cultural group at Mantenga.

Holidays and culture in eSwatini

Introducing my parents to Swazi song and dance

Wednesday photo: Fourth of July

A traditional Swazi wedding, part one, part two, part three

Embracing Swazi culture


Posing with our reeds.

Umhlanga posts:

Day one: Registration at Umhlanga

Day two: The first day of marching

Day three: Cutting umhlanga

Day four: Another long march

Photos from cutting reeds

Day six: Delivering reeds to the queen mother

Day seven: Dancing time

Delivering the reeds in photos

A few more photos from dancing Umhlanga


A lion at Hlane.

What to do in eSwatini

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


Mokoro ride in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Travel outside of eSwatini

If hyenas could talk

Why I keep returning to Kruger

Victoria Falls: Zim or Zam?

Wednesday photo: Flamingos

Wednesday photo: Okavango Delta

Wednesday photo: Okaukuejo water hole

A long and winding journey to Lesotho

A photo tour of Maputo

Tips to plan a trip for your parents to visit eSwatini and Southern Africa

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