Goodbye, Arandis! P.S. I love you!

Today is my last day at the office where I have worked at the Arandis Town Council for the past 2 1/2 years. It hasn’t always been easy – but it has always been rewarding. Above my desk, every day, I used this poem for inspiration. Attributed to the philosopher Laozi in the 6th Century BC, it encapsulates for me the primary objective of Peace Corps around the world. Continue reading “Goodbye, Arandis! P.S. I love you!”

Preparing for the Peace Corps Interview: Q&As

I was recently contacted by a candidate for a volunteer position in the Community Economic Development (CED) sector at Peace Corps Namibia. She will soon have her online interview and she reached out with some good questions about my experience. I was happy to answer them and thought you might find some interest in this…

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Images of Life in Namibia

This is a long post, but made up only of photos and captions so I hope you find it fun and easy to go through during this busy time of year. You’ll see a bit about the work I’m doing and a lot from life in and around my home and some recent travels.

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Images of Life in Namibia

Life in Arandis is racing by – I can’t believe it’s mid-August and that I’ve been here 7 weeks already! My first three months on site are designed to help me integrate with my new community and my work colleagues – that is all happening very nicely. To ensure that we maintain that focus, Peace Corps does not want us to venture too far afield or take any vacation time away. That’s not been a problem as there are plenty of things to see and do around town and within the Erongo Region. Here are some visual vignettes for you to enjoy…

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Pre-Service Training (PST) at the halfway point

PST is the name given to the 9 to 12 weeks of orientation and training that all PC Volunteers around the world receive between Staging (in the US) and their 2-year assignments “at site.”

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Breaking News: I’ll be living in Arandis

The CED group listens patiently to how the site assignments were made. We all just wanted to know where we are going more than why.
The CED group listens patiently to how the site assignments were made. We all just wanted to know where we are going, not why.
Lots of smiles and laughter and "Oh, wow! Where's that?" questions.
Lots of smiles and laughter and “Oh, wow! Where’s that?” questions.
Site Announcement Day revealed our new homes and projects. This close-knit group will soon disperse throughout a country twice the size of California.
Site Announcement Day revealed our new homes and projects. This close-knit group will soon disperse throughout a country twice the size of California.
Joel's Afrikaans group is very happy with our sites and projects!
Joel’s Afrikaans group is very happy with our sites and projects!
My "client," the Arandis Town Council, provided this brochure in my site information package.
My “client,” the Arandis Town Council, provided this brochure for my site information package. I’ll be working with the CEO.