10 Things You Need to Know About Doing PC in Namibia

I arrived in Namibia during mid-August and have learned so much in the short amount of time I have lived here. I have completed my training, become an official volunteer, moved to site, and began teaching. Here’s a list of a few things I have picked up along the way: You must greet everyone! Namibians actually stop to say hello and greet one another rather than just casually smiling and waving. If you greet in the local language, many people will just be impressed that you are trying to learn their language. This will help with integrating with your colleagues and at site. You will eat a lot of meat and carbs. No meal is complete without meat and a salad will almost always have mayo and sugar in it. For anyone living in the region of Kavango, fish and pap is a favourite and will become yours. Training will…

The Life of a Peace Corps Trainee

For those of you who are applying to Peace Corps and being considered for Namibia in the education sector, this is what a typical day of training looked like for my group. During training, you will learn an incredible amount of material related to culture, language, and how to be a teacher in Namibia. I hope this helps give people an idea of what to expect and alleviates any fears for those who might be nervous about not having much experience– trust me, you will learn or figure it out along the way! Pre-service Training: August 16-September 15, October 6-19 • 5:30 – Wakeup, get dressed, eat breakfast, do last minute language review • 6:50 – Walk to pick up point • 7:00 – Head to training center • 7:20 – Arrive at center. On MWF, we begin at 7:30 for morning assembly and then singing. On TThSat, we begin…

The Peace Corps Interview

Hello World, Congratulations! If you are reading this, you have probably made it to the interview process of the Peace Corps. You most likely have waited a few months to get to this point and it is all very exciting, but a little daunting at the same time. That is normal. Although I have many friends who “winged” their interviews, I prepared a lot– I get nervous, so I wanted to make sure I wasn’t stumbling through and being prepared takes some of the stress off. Below are tips that will hopefully prepare you for this next step and some questions I was asked (maybe worded a little differently). List of Tips Be professional and look the part. It will most likely be over webcam, dress as if you were going to any other job interview. You’ll have to dress in business attire during Peace Corps Training, so if you can’t…

Next Stop: Staging and Namibia

After months of medical appointments, dozens of Amazon packages, hours spent packing, and last minute trips to Target; I was finally about to begin my Peace Corps journey. I left my house at three in the morning to catch my six O’clock flight to Phoenix and then to Philly. I was accompanied to the airport by my best friend, sister, and parents. We said our goodbyes, cried a lot, and made many people uncomfortable—truly a great start to any adventure. After flying across the country, I touched down in Philly and found a few other people at baggage claim who also looked like they had packed for the next two years. We arrived at the hotel, dropped our bags in our pre-assigned rooms, and then headed to registration. Once everyone had checked-in, forty-six people congregated into a conference room where we played a quick ice breaker followed by a few…