What Peace Corps Taught Me

As an RPCV I have the opportunity to look at my service as a whole and to see what I learned in Peace Corps. So, what did Peace Corps teach me? What pearls of wisdom did I come away with? Peace Corps taught me that I have neither the passion nor the patience for teaching, … Continue reading What Peace Corps Taught Me


Some Notes to Future Peace Corps Volunteers

I was you. Once. I remember those last few days at home soaking in the sights, sounds, food, and familiarity of home because pretty soon I'd be saying good bye to it all for two years. Perhaps that's where you're at. Perhaps you're at staging. Perhaps you're already in country. No matter, I went through … Continue reading Some Notes to Future Peace Corps Volunteers

How to Say Goodbye Part 1

Last week the first of my group, group 127, COSed. If COS wasn't real before it definitely is now since people are actually closing out their service and leaving for jobs, home, travel, etc. In just under a month I too will join the ranks of RPCVs from my group. Now that people are actually COSing … Continue reading How to Say Goodbye Part 1


The Beginning of Goodbye

So I know it's been a while, the end of service can be a surprisingly busy time for PCVs. Around Thanksgiving my group had our COS, Close of Service conference, the COS conference happens a few months and it's where you learn about all the paperwork and other closing out procedures you must finish before … Continue reading The Beginning of Goodbye



Erin Capina, YinD 127 History and Epidemiology Malaria is a vector-borne disease caused by parasites and spread via female Anopheles mosquitoes. It is an ancient disease; malaria or a disease like it has been noted for more than 4,000 years. In fact, symptoms of malaria were described in 2700 BC in ancient Chinese medicinal writings […] … Continue reading Malaria


We Are Seeds

I woke up today to the realization that nope, it still wasn't all a dream. Trump really did win the election. I'm still in a state of shock and still grieving. I don't want platitudes of "it will all be okay" or "we'll get through this together". I know you mean well and quite possibly … Continue reading We Are Seeds


All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

I wrote a book review, you should go check it out: All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation