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

SEED Camp

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

Day to Day

The first night in the village is the hardest. I remember getting dropped off right as the sun was setting, the hired driver dumping my backpacks, buckets, and water filter unceremoniously on the concrete floor of my empty house. That night I slept inside my tent in the middle of my living room, eating cold … More Day to Day

Nyumba at Night

From the hours of 6:00PM to 6:00AM, the village is dark and quiet. Chickens cluck sleepily from their hen-houses, families chat around cooking fires, and drum beats echo in the distance. In these peaceful hours I shut myself away in my nyumba, light candles perched in old wine bottles, and take up little hobbies. Some … More Nyumba at Night

Lake Flies

It’s the time of year where the tornadoes of spawning lake flies blow from the Mozambique side of the water to the coast. Women and girls wet baskets and swoop them through the air, collecting the tiny insects to make flour. It is beautiful to watch, until you bike through a swarm of them.