.آفاق جديدة

Title in Arabic. Translation: “New Horizons.”

On the evening of April 16th, I lounged on a futon in a friend’s apartment, nursed a beer, and enjoyed my Saturday night like any other 21-year-old. We listened to music, chatted, and intended to sip our evening away. I placed my phone on the coffee table earlier, deciding to keep it away from myself so that I could be 100% present with my friends. A couple hours later, I reached for my phone to check my texts; I received one from a friend that shook me. Read More

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Posh Corps Documentary

Debunking “Posh Corps”

For the past six months, I’ve had nothing but immense support behind my decision to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Sure, my friends have begged me not to go, but these statements are generally a means for them to express their love, rather than actual expressions of desperation. It was only recently that I experienced my first negative Peace Corps encounter. I ran into an old acquaintance at a bar, and when she drunkenly stumbled up to me, this is the conversation that ensued: Read More

Let Girls Learn

Letting Even More Girls Learn: The Peace Corps Announces Twenty-Three New ‘Let Girls Learn’ Countries

In 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps formed a powerful collaboration called Let Girls Learn. It has successfully shed light on the fact that globally, 62 million girls are not in school, with less than 10% of teenage girls completing secondary school in some countries. The Let Girls Learn initiative has empowered local leaders to put lasting solutions in place, and Peace Corps Volunteers have worked at the grassroots level as catalysts for community-led change. Read More

The Paper Trail Is Rocky

On September 24th, 2015, everything changed:

It was the day I received my Peace Corps Ecuador invitation. I was overwhelmed with such tremendous elation that I didn’t even stop to consider what would come next. Little did I know that for almost three months, I would be led down the most jarring bureaucratic trail that I had ever experienced. Granted, I’m only 21 years old, so perhaps I haven’t been alive long enough to gain familiarity with daunting paperwork and endless appointments. Nonetheless, the enormity of my to-do list would have made anyone’s head spin. Read More

Peace Corps Invitation - When the Enormous To-Do List Kills the Mood

When the Enormous To-Do List Kills the Mood

The Peace Corps requires a lot out of you once you accept your invitation. As soon as the thrill of becoming a Peace Corps Invitee wears off, the real work begins. I haven’t even begun the tasks required for medical or legal clearance, and I’ve already completed a massive list of undertakings. Read More