Give and Take

I’m writing this post from a hotel room in Quelimane where I sit, once again, on the brink of change. I’m here because the Peace Corps Medical team messed up. Despite weekly complaints, I’ve had an untreated and unacknowledged pneumonia for the past 3 weeks. I’m frustrated but it’s all good. I now have the … More Give and Take

Local Lessons

My mornings are currently filled with Chuabo lessons. Chuabo (chew-ah-boo) is a Bantu language spoken by roughly 970,000 people (for reference, there are 1.3M people living in Nassau County, NY alone) in parts of southern Zambézia, my site included. I am the only student in my class and Pió, my professor, is teaching me Chuabo … More Local Lessons

Moving with Change

“The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts These past 6 or so months have been a constant series of dramatic changes, of constant movement. Waves of anticipation, climax, and descent accompany each set of new and in the Peace … More Moving with Change

Pouco a Pouco

It’s 5am and the possibility of sinking back into slumber is inconceivable as the overeager chorus of roosters crowing from the tree just outside my window begs me to join them in starting their day. Dogs chatter and howl to distant friends, lashing out from time to time in defense of their precious territory. Women … More Pouco a Pouco

Taking Flight

I sit at a bar, good ol’ American Bud Light in my hand, surrounded by just about all 65 of my brand new friends. There’s chatter all around me and I hear snippets of, “…my luggage was so under the weight limit, I don’t get it,” and, “…cried like a baby,” and, “…electricity or water if you HAD to?” … More Taking Flight

Universal Support

Mentally preparing for the Peace Corps is a fascinating roller coaster. At this point, I’m my own personal case study. One morning I’m terrified. 12 hours later, I’m exhilarated. Some days I’m proud or nervous or regretful or apprehensive or intrigued or excited or prematurely sad or exhausted by the prep and most days, I’m a combination of at least … More Universal Support

Next Stop: Peace Corps Mozambique

In 6 short months, I will board a plane to Mozambique. I’ve been accepted to serve in the Peace Corps as an English Teacher. The crazy, little fifth-grade Paige that still lives inside me is nodding with proud approval, in a bossy “told-you-so” kind of way. After years of thought, deliberation and wavering levels of commitment, I’m in. I will spend … More Next Stop: Peace Corps Mozambique