When first preparing to volunteer in Morocco, I had many friends express surprise that there was a Peace Corps post here. Morocco is often seen as a well-developed tourist country for beach and desert excursions. While there is some truth to this, there are also many things that we take for granted in America. A […]
Food is life. And it is especially life in the Moroccan home. Scroll through photos of some notable food and be sure to take the quiz at the bottom to see if you can survive a Moroccan Meal.Weekly SoukOne of my favorite meals: Fish Tagine — you get all the courses with the salad and “dessert” […]
It is just before 5:30 a.m. After pro-actively filling my flush bucket with water, I squat down and brace myself against the wall, wrapping my left arm under my leg for extra support. My stomach grumbles in sweet anticipation and just as my business slides out, the morning call to prayer sounds. This seems incredibly […]
I’m languidly floating in our hotel’s pool when a fellow Peace Corps Trainee swims over to me. “How are you liking everything so far?” he asks. “It’s been nice,” I say. “But I’m ready to get away from this place.” I laugh when I realize the ridiculousness of my statement. At the time, we were […]
Today marks my official first day as a Peace Corps Volunteer trainee. To say that I’m absolutely thrilled would be a gross understatement. This time tomorrow — well, this time tomorrow, I’ll be flying over the Atlantic ocean, hopefully sleeping away any jet lag — BUT this time tomorrow and another four hours and I’ll […]
I forgot to retrieve my teeth. Yes, the bottom teeth had to be crushed into little pieces in order to be removed. But the top ones came out whole. I should have asked if I could take them with me. It would be a long shot, for sure. But the Tooth Fairy could have paid […]
I am feeling quite light-headed as I write this. If I had to venture a guess, the fasting until four p.m. coupled with the six vials of blood stolen from me today may have something to do with the overall dizziness. Six vials seems excessive, you may be thinking. Well, excessive is key with the […]
Please enjoy this video of Happy Dancing PCVs in Morocco. This is just a quick note to let you know that I am (re)officially going to Morocco. In 11 months. As a Secondary Education English Teacher. Peace Corps Journey, you’re already long and winding, but I love you all the same.
A couple weeks ago, I received some disappointing news. For reasons, I can only describe as Peace Corps Logic, I was informed of the decision to cancel the Morocco cohort that was to leave in September. I had just sent in my passport the week previously; I had printed off about a dozen trees worth of information in mankind’s biggest binder, and now everything seemed for naught.
I’d given the email a cursory glance on my phone between tasks at work; I quickly left my office to find a quiet place to read it in through – hoping that this email, which stated: “I understand how difficult and disappointing this news is to receive” was some kind of misunderstanding.
It felt like an understatement at the time. When I make the decision to chase my dreams, I hold on tightly. This situation is no different. Despite all of that, however, I believe it’s important that when disappointment comes your way, you have to use it as a means to open yourself wider to this experience called life. And so, I thought I’d give you a few simple strategies that I find helpful when dealing with disappointment.
I spend two evenings a week English tutoring a young Afghan woman. I absolutely adore working with her. Seriously, I’m only supposed to do it for about 90 minutes, but I easily spend four hours there.
Of course, it helps that she feeds me such delicious food!
Since I’ve been tutoring her, it’s helped me realize many things about myself. More specifically, it’s helped me realize how truly intimidating coming to a country with only the basic knowledge of a language.
I believe it’s safe to say that the language immersion aspect of the Peace Corps experience can seem overwhelming. If I am unable to learn the language, how am I going to function on even the most basic level of my job?