ovamboland.

The last 2 months have flown by.

On 16 June 2016, I officially swore in as a US Peace Corps Volunteer.
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US Ambassador, Thomas Daughton

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Josephine and Shekupe (Kaalina)

On 17 June 2016, I moved int0 my new home in Ondobe, Ohangwena, Namibia.

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We received our site placements about a month ago. But, I knew reading a description of my site on paper, and actually seeing it and living it, would be two different things.

Ondobe is located just south of Angola in the northern part of Namibia. It’s actually one of the last villages before you hit Angola.

The Four O Region, Ovamboland, The North, and Wambo Region are synonymous to one another, and I’m sure you will hear a mixture of these in the next two years. These area represents the regions of Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, and Ohangwena (the region Ondobe is located.)

So, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, here is my new home for the next two years.

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Just so you know, it’s nearly impossible to walk around Namibia without your feet getting covered in sand.

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My room. My host meme, Ottilie, asks, “Does everything have to be USA and Texas?”

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The pigs. We have pigs, goats, chickens, cats, a dog, and the other day I saw a calf roaming around.

 

While in Ondobe, I will be partnering with the Ministry of Health and Social Services while working in the local clinic.  My host meme, Ottilie, will also be my supervisor. She is the Nurse in Charge at the clinic.

I’ve already gotten apologies from friends in Texas about not being able to escape nurses.

My Primary Project:

–          Health outreach and education in the local community
–          Provide nutritional activities, education, etc.
–          Providing life skills to youth due to the fact Ondobe’s students are dropping out at an alarming rate due to pregnancies and risky behaviors.

So, tomorrow is my first day at my new job at the clinic, which is walking distances from my house. Which means, expect some FitBit challenge requests from me again.

two months down.

Today marks 2 months I’ve been in Namibia. Tomorrow, I will officially swear in as a US Peace Corps Volunteer.

The last week has been jammed packed with meetings and presentations and special events to wrap up our stay in Okahandja.

Last Saturday, our group hosted a special American Culture and Host Family Appreciation Event.

Each volunteer split into groups based on the region of the States they lived in, and prepared favorite foods from the region

My group, the Southern group, made BBQ and sweet tea.

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That evening we held a black-tie event, which Jared and I had the opportunity to MC. I had a blast and felt like a celebrity.
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My host family attended the event as well. Each family was presented with a certificate of appreciation for hosting volunteers. My host siblings had a great time. They told me I looked like I was getting engaged. (We’ll talk about cultural norms in another post.)
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On Monday, I was elected as one of VAC (Volunteer Advisory Committee) representatives for Group 43. As a VAC representative, I will serve as a liaison between Peace Corps Volunteers in Namibia and the Country Director as well as PC Namibia staff. I’ll also be able to voice interests and concerns among PCVs. I’m more excited to be able to be on the committee with Mandeep. He’s a CED (Community Economic Development) Volunteer. I’ve also been able to spend a lot of time with him during PST because we are in the same language group and we’ll also be living in the same region.

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Yesterday, we finally met our supervisors and/or counterparts for our permanent sites. I will actually be living and working with my supervisor in Ondobe. She offered a lot of insight for my primary and secondary projects once I get to site.

Plus a bonus: I’ll have Wifi!!

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Today, I’m picking up my outfit for swearing-in and packing, again.

Can’t wait to post pictures. Ya’ll will love it.

❤ Krystal