Peace Corps has 3 goals:
1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of all Americans.
Goal 3, commonly referred to as the Third Goal is what my blog is about. It gives me the opportunity to share my Peace Corps Namibia life with you. What’s even cooler is the opportunity to share my Peace Corps live and in-person. And that’s what I was able to do during my trip home.
I had a special opportunity to visit my World Wise classroom, another school in which I used to volunteer at as reading coach, and also my brother’s high school while I was home. Each presentation gave me a chance to share my experiences over the last year with students, teachers, and my family.
Not only was I able to teach Americans about Namibia, but hopefully I was able to inspire others to join the Peace Corps in the future.
I loved being able to share my stories and experiences with everyone. I sometimes forget how fascinating living in a developing country can be because there is so much normalcy in my routine. It’s nice to be asked questions that remind me of how far I’ve come and even those that address myths or misconceptions which I also had at one time.
Although, I had a wonderful time back in Texas, I felt the overwhelming desire to go home, that home being in Namibia. I definitely felt like I was on vacation and enjoyed the chance to recharge. I think this feeling came from finally feeling like I have a true role and obligation as a volunteer in my community.
So, as I return to Namibia, probably a kilogram (or two) heavier, I am looking forward to my next 14 months. I am looking forward to the relationships to foster, language to master, and projects to complete.