Another volunteer posted this link on Facebook, and it is just so spot on. It’s amazing how, as volunteers, we can live on different continents and still have such similar challenges and reactions. I would encourage you to read!
I feel as though I have done somewhat of a disservice throughout this blog, painting a picture that is not precisely accurate. I am an emotional person, romantic, optimistic to a fault. I like extremes and superlatives, exaggerating in an attempt to draw my audience in, and to make sense of things that I can’t make sense of.
I romanticize this experience as a function of my personality but also as a coping mechanism. Simply put, life in the Peace Corps is hard.
I want to write about the real Ethiopia, and the real Peace Corps experience. It is a defensive approach, protection for when a future volunteer reads about my experiences. Hopefully as a result, he or she will understand what to expect, and will not mock me for only showing pictures of sunsets and kids holding hands.
So what should you expect?
Nothing is the best answer. Expect nothing and you…
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