Cross Site Visits

Cross site visits, AKA visiting other volunteers in their villages, is one of my favorite things about Peace Corps. You get to go see how other people live, but faces and places to stories you’ve heard about, and experience different parts of Malawi. A few weeks ago I went to visit the closest environment volunteer … More Cross Site Visits

Christmas in Masedu

This is the second Christmas I’ve spent away from my family, away from snow and peppermint cookies, decorating the tree and opening presents on Christmas morning. Last year I spent the holiday at a lodge in the mountains overlooking the lake, and while it was fun it felt hollow. Eating good food and drinking nice … More Christmas in Masedu

Eating Bugs

It’s rainy season in Nkhata Bay, which means all the freaks come out to play. Creepy crawlies of all shapes and sizes worm their way out of the mud and into my house. I’m on scorpion alert. One of the more welcome of these winged visitors is the flying termites. They crawl out of the … More Eating Bugs

Camp in Photos

A few weeks ago I held a girl’s SEED (Sustainable Environmental Education in Development) camp for 25 students from Community Day Secondary Schools in Nkhata Bay and wrote a blog post about it. Today I’m in Lilongwe being treated for gastrointestinal problems and had the wifi to post the pictures. So here’s what happened: Mr. … More Camp in Photos

Sitting M’Phala

When I was a girl I used to be afraid of the dark, and on my first night in Masedu those old fears came creeping back. I remember hanging my bed net in my living room, my house shadowy in the rapidly fading daylight. For a while I wandered the empty rooms of the house. … More Sitting M’Phala


Over the last four months I’ve rallied five rural Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSSs) and their wildlife clubs to participate in the program. While every school in Malawi technically has a wildlife (environmental) club very few of them are active. Teachers lack the time, schools lack the money, students don’t take lunch and are too … More SEED Camp