Be careful what you wish for

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I’m starting this blog post with a cliché: Be careful what you wish for because you just might get what you want. This means that you might desire something and not foresee the consequences. They may be pleasant or unpleasant and often times people dream about something or say it out loud, but don’t ever think about how it will affect their lives.

As an undergraduate I majored in public health and hope to one day to pursue graduate studies in the field.  Given the importance of international experience in public health, during my undergraduate senior year, the only thing I could think of doing after graduation – besides moving back to Haiti – was to volunteer in a country in Africa for a few months. I spent many hours researching ways I could volunteer on the African continent. There are several companies that offer such opportunities but they seemed inaccessible to me due to cost. After talking to my career advisor about my desire to go abroad, she recommended that I attend a Peace Corps information session and meet with the regional recruiter to talk about how Peace Corps might help to launch my international career. I am very grateful that I made time to attend that information session because that same day, I applied for the Peace Corps.  Three months later I received an invitation to serve as a Community Health Volunteer in Ethiopia.

Application process:

  • April 22nd 2015: Application submission
  • May 30th 2015: Interview request
  • June 10th 2015: Peace Corps interview
  • July 16th 2015: Peace Corps Volunteer invitation
  • January 9th 2016: Peace Corps Staging event
  • January 12th 2016: Departure for Ethiopia

I am currently writing this from Addis Ababa, where I will be staying for two weeks. After these two weeks, I will move in with a host family for two months. After April 1st, I will officially complete the training program and be sworn in a volunteer.  I will then move to the place where I will serve for two years.

So, dear followers, I will not be blogging about my experience because this is a food blog. I am keeping a journal for myself but I will be blogging about Ethiopian food and culture. As long as I have an internet connection, I will post about anything that I eat or just taste. I look forward to learning how to cook some traditional Ethiopian dishes and share the recipes with you.

Its 10:21 pm, I am going to bed. Good night/Good morning!

Dinknesh = You are wonderful


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