What was my country of service? Ethiopia, Africa. Located in the eastern “horn” of Africa. When I applied for Peace Corps I was told I would be placed in either Central America or Africa. Instead, I was placed to be an English teacher in China. That being said, at that time I did not want to go to Asia, and with a quick email, I was sent to Ethiopia. I am happy with my placement in Ethiopia
How long is Peace Corps? 27 months. The first 3 months of my service was spent in a town called Butajira where I lived with a host family and received countless hours of training to prepare me for my job. I was then placed in a town called Chiri for two years, just south of Bonga in the Kafa Zone.
What was my job? I was an Education volunteer and served as an English Teacher in a secondary school. I taught grades 9 and 11, and worked alongside NGOs to disseminate information to students using health.
Language? Amharic. I learned to read and write some fidel which Amharic is a script language.Did I get to see my family? Yes. My mom visited me in Ethiopia and I went to Italy to meet up with my boyfriend. My brother and his wife were coming to visit but couldn’t once they had received news that their offer for a house had won.
Peace Corps Core Expectations:
- Prepare your personal and professional life to make a commitment to serve abroad for a full term of 27 months
- Commit to improving the quality of life of the people with whom you live and work; and, in doing so, share your skills, adapt them, and learn new skills as needed
- Serve where the Peace Corps asks you to go, under conditions of hardship, if necessary, and with the flexibility needed for effective service
- Recognize that your successful and sustainable development work is based on the local trust and confidence you build by living in, and respectfully integrating yourself into, your host community and culture
- Recognize that you are responsible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your personal conduct and professional performance
- Engage with host country partners in a spirit of cooperation, mutual learning, and respect
- Work within the rules and regulations of the Peace Corps and the local and national laws of the country where you serve
- Exercise judgment and personal responsibility to protect your health, safety, and well-being and that of others
- Recognize that you will be perceived, in your host country and community, as a representative of the people, cultures, values, and traditions of the United States of America
- Represent responsibly the people, cultures, values, and traditions of your host country and community to people in the United States both during and following your service