If I had to chose three words to describe my journey this far, they would be community, challenges, and contentment.
A couple months ago, I was awarded a Reciprocal Exchange Grant through the Mandela Washington Fellowship program and IREX Foundation to assist MAYEIN‘s founder Edem Ossai with the launch of participatory budgeting in three secondary schools around Ibadan, Nigeria. I’ll be in Nigeria from May 6th to the 21st. I am so excited to go… Continue reading Participatory Budgeting in Nigeria
Perhaps it was fate that led me to join, but I am always ambivalent about if fate exists. So, I’ll lay out the way it came to be and let you be the judge. In mid-June, a friend of mine emailed to say that they needed volunteers to host young African leaders at non-profits as… Continue reading Why I am joining the Peace Corps
My heart is full as I reflect on my first week in Ibadan. The city is so welcoming and vibrant. Nigeria really is a land of perseverance and determination. I wish we heard more about the good news here, because there is so much to tell. Starting with the amazing work being led by MAYEIN… Continue reading Boys and Girls for Democracy: Week 1
I had hoped a family member would be able to take my cat, Neville Longbottom, when I leave for the Peace Corps. Unfortunately, they are not in a position to take him and Neville needs a new home. Please share this post to help me find him a new home! I adopted Neville over a year… Continue reading Mr. Longbottom needs a new home
BOOK LIST I’ve read the ones that are strikedthrough. I may do book reviews at some point. From http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/ 1. ULYSSESby James Joyce 2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce 4. LOLITAby Vladimir Nabokov 5. BRAVE NEW WORLDby Aldous Huxley 6. THE… Continue reading Book List
If you are like me, you faintly remember that Kosovo is somewhere in eastern Europe. Its the blue country in the map below and borders Serbia, Montenegro, Albanian and Macedonia. Since accepting my invitation, I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading on region and country. The short version is that Kosovo declared independence in 2008.… Continue reading Where is Kosovo?