Oh, a “Blog”.
What have I been up to over the past five months aside from thinking that I should get this blog started? Well, my first two months were juggled between two locations in Senegal. Referred to as Community Based Training (CBT) it was a smashed kerfuffle of language, cultural, and agricultural learning. It was also hot. And it rained like the devil. I lived with a family of seven and was routinely blasted out of bed by the loudspeakers attached to the mosque next door every morning.
After being officially sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I was installed into a new community known as Karang Ba, where I’ve been living since. My village is surrounded by large, old mangoes (which are currently swelling with fruit!) and farm fields. They do their gardening in a tributary that feeds the mangroves. I’m super close to the Gambian border and have four other volunteers of different sectors near me.
PC wants us to take it easy for those first three months. Again, focus on language, culture, and light agricultural activities. After those first three months in site are up and what I’m currently partcipating in now, is called IST (In Service Training). IST is the backbone mega training that answers questions, plans future projects, and feeds hungry minds ready to address their community’s needs.
So yes, there’s the past five months! I promise to keep up to date with thise, at least once a month, so people can learn a little more about Senegal, Peace Corps, and what life is like in the West African country of Senegal.