Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Back to Béléhédé

Well, I suppose I've probably written enough over the past few days to make up for the dearth of updates during the Summer and Fall, and here's a last bit before I head North tomorrow morning. I'm packed up and ready to return to village, crossing my fingers that I pass through Djibo while the post office is open so I can pick up the packages and letters that have been gathering dust since my last pick-up in November. While it's been great seeing friends and traveling a bit, it's hard to justify being away from site for so long. If while in village I often feel that I'm not doing what I came here to do, I know for a fact that I'm not doing it when I'm hanging out with other Americans in the frat house that is our Ouaga crash pad. I have to come back for a couple of days next month to take the GREs, but other than that I'm hoping I can make it all the way to June or July without leaving home for more than a day or so.

I'll leave you with a couple of last photos of a dinner that our country director hosted for us at his home during our in-service training the week before Christmas. I lucked out big time with the other 15 Girls Education and Empowerment Volunteers that the Peace Corps threw me together with in Philadelphia; maybe every group bonds like ours has, which would be wonderful, but can I go ahead and say that we're the best? Well, it's my blog so I'm gonna go ahead and say it: we're great. My frustrations have been eased by having a whole group of amazing people here who are going through the same thing and dealing with the same issues, and who are only a text message or a 2 hour bike ride + 5 hour bus ride + bush taxi or two away. I'm crossing my fingers that if I close my eyes and think of snow, I'll be able to survive my first hot season in Burkina, which will start warming up in a couple of months.


  1. Jack! I'm guessing if you are going to stay in village till june or july you will never get this comment.. so alas, you must wait. But I just wanted to say we do have the best GEE group EVER! I'm sure of it. I MISS YOU ALREADY! XOXO

    Much love from Banfora,

  2. Hi. I was a volunteer in Ouindigui from 2006 - 2008. I think you're in the old site of Malcolm, Jenny, and Justin? Is that right? Anyhow, I stumbled across your blog in a google search for so.b.bra beer. What do you think of that?!? So great to read about how the beloved Burkina is doing. I miss it so much! Enjoy every minute of every day! (I know it can be hard!)
    Take care.
    RPCV, Ouindigui, Burkina Faso, Secondary Education, 2006 - 2008

  3. Thats some right nice bloggin' you got there Casler.

  4. Hi Jill, Ashley, and Evan!

    I'm actually the replacement volunteer for Sarah and Christina - were Malcolm, Jenny, and Justin in the Sahel?