Category Archives: Life

Roundup of what you need to know before joining Peace Corps Eswatini 2.0

Sanibonani G16! I have written a lot about what life is like as a PCV in Eswatini during my 27 months of service. Your departure date is approaching quickly, and maybe a few of you only just received medical clearance … Continue reading

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My most-used items as a PCV in eSwatini

I might not love all of these items enough for them to make it onto my favorite lists (These are a few of my favorite things, These are a few of our favorite things, My favorite items during PST), but … Continue reading

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Extension life: English is confusing

When I moved from Ohio to Utah I remember having to change one word of my vocabulary. I received too many comments when I would say “pop” while working as a cashier at Target, so I forced myself to remember … Continue reading

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Gratitude for the last 25 months

This is the last weekend on my homestead and it is surreal. I can’t imagine my life after here. I can’t imagine not having all of my belongings nearly within arm’s reach. I can’t imagine getting up in the morning … Continue reading

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Gratitude, even when crying

Explaining my life here is hard. I have three weeks left in my community, I am crazy busy, and packing is stressful. In short, I am a mess. I revisited the blog post that best sums up my Peace Corps … Continue reading

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Two years in the Peace Corps in numbers

Today is my second anniversary of arriving in Swaziland. Now I live in a country called eSwatini. Like the name of this country, many other things have changed. Or been broken, disappeared, or accumulated. When I first started thinking about … Continue reading

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Gratitude: All the feels from GLOW camp

Another week and another visitor came to kaHloniphile (my house). My friend Sam spent Sunday night here to have an easy trek the following day to GLOW camp. This was my week at camp to do M+E. I wasn’t totally … Continue reading

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How I spent March’s living allowance

I ran out of money in March, too. It’s a trend in the PCV life, especially when I am 100 percent a cheese boy (well, girl, in this case). I didn’t even buy cheese with March’s money, but I did … Continue reading

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Gratitude: Payday and phone calls

    I am most grateful for being paid this past week, which enabled me to leave my house and buy groceries. I also had a wonderful FaceTime conversation with a friend from home that conveniently finished that month’s data … Continue reading

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“You’re a Swazi now” and my role as an ambassador, otherwise known as life as a PCV

I am regularly surprised when I surprise siSwati and isiZulu speakers with what I think are my poor language skills. Speaking a few words of the local language has always been important to me. I have spent many hours learning … Continue reading

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