2 years just wasn’t enough for me! After serving in the small village of Sinchurio Samba Foula as an agroforestry Peace Corps volunteer in the southern region of Senegal, I have traded my mud hut in for an ocean view apartment and will be spending another year here, but this time in the capital city of Dakar.
While I enjoyed planting trees and working with farmers in my community to propagate mango and cashew orchards, the position I will be doing now has kept me here another year. Don’t get me wrong, I loved working in the fields and biking down bush paths fringed with mango trees. I had an experience that I will never forget.
But now I will be working as a cross cultural coordinator and promoting the third goal of Peace Corps which is to help Americans understand the people and culture of the country we live in. This means I will be interacting extensively with the large American expatriate community found here in Senegal and encouraging them to get out of the American bubble and into the beautiful and diverse country of Senegal.
Among other things, I will be planning cultural events and networking between expats and volunteers, designing a blog that helps Americans explore Senegal, working with the schools both Senegalese and American in order to set up volunteering opportunities for students, and looking at new ways to link American students back in the United States to Peace Corps volunteers so that they can experience another culture from the classroom!
While my stories won’t be about the village, I hope that they will continue to inspire you and give you a glimpse of country that is beautiful and diverse.
Continue to follow along with me as I write about the ups and downs of my new city girl life, living in most booming cosmopolitan city in all West Africa!