Welcome to my revamped blog!
I decided to resurrect it as I have missed writing the past few years. Same site, different look! I hope you like it.
It’s hard to believe that November will mark four years since I returned to the States from Benin.
In some ways, it still feels like the Peace Corps days were just last week. In others, the two and a half years I spent living in Assanté feel so far away now that I sometimes wonder if that experience actually happened or was just a dream.
My last 3+ years have been spent living and working in Colorado, first primarily helping people in Boulder County recover from the flood of 2013 and then working with folks who experience homelessness in Longmont.
In some ways, being a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Africa and working for a small homelessness non-profit in suburban Colorado are surprisingly similar. A lot of the skills I learned in Peace Corps came in handy here in Colorado, like working with limited resources, being flexible with plans that can change at any moment, and knowing how to meet people where they are and talk across the boundaries of different cultural experiences and backgrounds.
In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be sharing some stories from this work, hoping to shed some light on the issue of homelessness in our communities.
Up to this point, this blog has been exclusively about travel, but I hope you’ll join me on a different sort of journey, meeting some community members that many Americans know little about.
Not to fear, I have some more international travel lined up for later this year, so we’ll be back to travel stories soon enough!