Category Archives: Swaziland

Monthly expenses as a PCV in Swaziland

Every year, each Peace Corps post reevaluates the monthly stipend the country’s Volunteers receive. I track my expenses each month because I have for many years, but in March, we had to report our expenses to Peace Corps. There was … Continue reading

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A moment in my life: A week without professions of love

So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Veggies and trash

As I have been double-digging beds in my garden here in Swaziland, I have encountered lots of trash. Trash in the garden, you say? Why, yes, because in rural Swaziland there is no trash pickup service, so people either burn … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Butternut harvest

I could not believe how many butternuts I harvested after their rocky start.    I was wishing I could preserve one of these for the Canfield Fair for my first-ever vegetable entry, but alas, I’m few thousand miles and seasons … Continue reading

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These are a few of my favorite things

Deciding what to bring with me to Swaziland was difficult. There were too many things I wanted to pack because I had no idea of what I would be able to purchase in Swaziland. The purpose of this list is … Continue reading

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A moment in my life: Peaches

So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and … Continue reading

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A moment in my life: Community meeting

So many entertaining things happen in my life in Swaziland. These are the moments I will want to remember because they make me laugh, and they show insight into my daily routine. These moments are often hard to photograph and … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Snake in a bucket

Peace Corps Volunteers need to learn how to have no expectations. You never know what will happen, who you might meet, or what ideas you might have.  Having no expectations means that when you show up at the post office … Continue reading

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Upholding the meaning of my first name

Swazi first names are drenched in meaning, telling a story about their family, birth, or hopes for the child. I have come to love this because American names sometimes come from relatives but usually come down to being liked by … Continue reading

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Overview of Peace Corps Swaziland’s PST

I realized that I have done a poor job writing about the work I have been doing as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland. So now, let’s return to Pre-Service Training (PST), which is where PCVs learn language, culture, and … Continue reading

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