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Peace Corps Namibia

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Hello world, I haven’t been very good at keeping up with my blog. I wanted to use it as a platform to share my experience, but it ended up becoming a source of anxiety. Before joining Peace Corps, I was told I would have so much free time and I’d have so many opportunities to get in touch with myself, reflect, do whatever it is people do when they have a lot of free time while going off the grid. I didn’t realise that everyone’s experiences in Peace Corps are different and we get to choose how we use our time and what we invest our energy in. So once I arrived at site and started getting involved in projects, I began to feel overwhelmed with my responsibilities and the unwavering mentality that I was failing to keep up with everything on my plate thus resulting in my own personal…

My Ideal Packing List for Peace Corps Namibia

Hi everyone, This post is to give suggestions for those who have been accepted into Peace Corps Namibia and are beginning to pack for service here. There are some things I wish I had known before coming to Namibia. First, you can buy just about everything you need  here, such as: shampoo and conditioner (Treseme, Pantene, John Frieda are some examples), contact solution (Opti Free, Renu, Biotrue, and Clean Care), Q-tips, clothes (especially in Windhoek and other towns), etc. Also, in regards to anything medical, you can get most things from PCMO, like sunscreen (not waterproof), floss, condoms, mosquito repellant, chapstick, bandaids, vitamins, etc.  Also, the water here is pretty okay to drink, but Peace Corps still provides water filters and iodine tablets (useful if you are hiking Fish River). They also provide a mosquito net and a green trunk that can be locked. You can get everything you really need…

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…

My Peace Corps Timeline

1/1/17 – Peace Corps Application submitted along with resume and motivational statement 1/3/17 – Health History Form submitted Took two days to complete— there are many parts to this and the website was a little slow 1/3/17 – Received list of potential countries I could serve in based off of my Health History Form and asked to complete Soft Skills Questionnaire Based on the list of countries you are eligible for, you can choose your top three choices and/or check a box that says you will serve anywhere you are needed I researched all 43 countries listed and ultimately chose Rwanda, Namibia, and then South Africa and checked the box to serve anywhere The Soft Skills Questionnaire takes about 15 minutes – You are given about 40-50 characteristics and you have to prioritize which are the most important and least important in three steps 1/27/17 – Consideration for Namibia Email…

Applying to the Peace Corps

Hello World, If you are applying to the Peace Corps, I hope sharing my experience will be helpful to you. I applied despite my fear of not having the necessary experience to be a serious candidate. Anyone else with similar concerns should apply as well! You can always apply again later, but don’t reject yourself by not even trying. The Application  The application itself is relatively easy and should take about an hour according to the website. However, the motivational statement and resume will set you back a few hours if you have not already prepared them. Research before you start. You should know how a Peace Corps resume should look and how to write your descriptions (Some examples I used). The Resume  Look up samples! Research what your resume should look like and what it should contain. My resume was three pages that began with “Qualifying Skills”, “Professional Experience”,…