Alison Reenock, TESS 131 It started 15 months ago when our flight touched down in Bangkok on that January 5th afternoon. We were all hot, fatigued, walking through the motions, a little […]
Moises Puentes, TESS 131 Its been almost three weeks since I was forced to leave the mountains I had begun to call home, and after a few days of traveling, as soon […]
The smell of alcohol pierces my nostrils. My co-workers frantically disperse hand sanitizer in pocket-sized tubes to prevent the spread of you. I live in the Land of Smiles, which your suffocating masks have smothered. You not only incited hysteria, you robbed us all of the intimacy of touch.
Ian Tramm, YinD 131 for months all i’d seen were bright lights foreign colors rich and vibrant exciting in their novelty and future promise, woefully all it takes is the volant gust […]
Kevin Lentz, YinD 131 The dawn is slowly giving shape to the rolling hills and tall pine trees that surround my family home in North Georgia. Four days ago, this was a […]
Emily Maginnis, TESS 131 It’s 5 am and I’m wide awake. Could be from the jet lag from Saturday’s flight, or just the unanswered questions building up in my head. Probably both. […]
I did not know it at the time, but over the next weeks and months, this smile and the lovely woman who bears it would make this place my home.
Katie Basset, 131 YinD I had never lived alone before Peace Corps. In fact, I never had my own room until I was 19. When I was young, I craved solitude, little […]
Sierra Drummond, TESS 131 I’ve recently enjoyed the comfort of other noise in my home Not directed at me but through me, an inescapable reminder of company, that I’m not alone I […]
A Poem by women To be a woman is to have superpowers. To create life. To be soft and strong. To be a woman is to be resilient. To have tenacity. To […]
Emily Maginnis, TESS 131 Yes, you read correctly. No, Paw Aw, they were not flies. No, host mother, they were not over sized moths will a strangely organized system of government. I […]
Natalie Heinitz, 131 YinD It’s so easy to get lost in nostalgia when you’re in an unfamiliar place. Playing with dirt reminds me of crisp autumn nights at the little league fields, […]
As we reflect on the end of this year’s Black History Month, we would like to highlight some of the experiences of our Black Peace Corps Volunteers. The following are brief snap-shots […]
Ian Tramm, 131 YinD So. Food. It’s the best. Obviously. Everyone loves a good meal. You know what’s not nearly as good as food though? Discipline. Self-control. Saying no to dessert. Much […]
As the 27-month service of Group 130 comes to an end, we – Group 131 – have found ourselves reflecting on all that you have done to teach us, encourage us, and […]