This past weekend, 44 new Peace Corps trainees arrived in Skopje—one of the largest volunteer classes ever in Macedonia! They were welcomed by these local folk performances on their first day of training #culture #culturalexchange #dancing #folkdance #Macedonia #latergram

This past weekend, 44 new Peace Corps trainees arrived in Skopje—one of the largest volunteer classes ever in Macedonia! They were welcomed by these local folk performances on their first day of training #culture #culturalexchange #dancing #folkdance #Macedonia #latergram

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This is how I remember September 11th. 
I went on a school field trip with my teachers and students to the ruins of Old Leon, Nicaragua. After the field trip I was exhausted and hungry. I wanted to get home and make tuna casserole. However, my neighbors were adamant that I watch the news on their television. I acquiesced and found them watching a movie. I kept watching and watching, waiting for the credits to roll across the screen. They kept saying that this was real and happening in real life, that this was no movie, that this was a great tragedy in my country and for the world.
After we understood what was going on, my teachers and friends came to my house to check on me and my family in the States. I had not felt so much love and concern before that moment.
 For me, this picture evokes those memories of concern, love, and friendship. I like to remember September 11th as this picture.

- Peace Corps Volunteer R Diehl

This is how I remember September 11th. 

I went on a school field trip with my teachers and students to the ruins of Old Leon, Nicaragua. After the field trip I was exhausted and hungry. I wanted to get home and make tuna casserole. However, my neighbors were adamant that I watch the news on their television. I acquiesced and found them watching a movie. I kept watching and watching, waiting for the credits to roll across the screen. They kept saying that this was real and happening in real life, that this was no movie, that this was a great tragedy in my country and for the world.

After we understood what was going on, my teachers and friends came to my house to check on me and my family in the States. I had not felt so much love and concern before that moment.

 For me, this picture evokes those memories of concern, love, and friendship. I like to remember September 11th as this picture.

- Peace Corps Volunteer R Diehl

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Food Fridays: Mafe (Senegal)

peacecorpsnortheast:

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This delicious recipe for lamb and peanut stew comes from Amber Patterson in Massachusetts:

Mafe

Ingredients

  • Cooking oil
  • 1-2 lbs. lamb
  • 1 C peanut butter
  • 1-2 C water or beef broth
  • 1 Maggi cube (chicken bouillon also works)
  • 1-2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2-4 tomatoes, cut into sections
  • 1 hot chile pepper
  • 1 or more chopped vegetables: cabbage, carrots; eggplant, potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, or turnips are commonly used
  • Salt & black pepper (to taste)

Steps

  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Sauté meat & onions over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the peanut butter & water. Simmer for about 30 minutes until all ingredients are tender.
  4. Reduce heat and add peanut butter. Stir.
  5. Add water or broth as needed to make a smooth sauce.
  6. Serve over rice.

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One day a GIANT stick bug fell out of my roof. How cool is that?! It climbed right back up the wall, except for a brief stint where I tried to pick it up. Did you know stick bugs have wings? I did not, and it sure did give me a start! They can’t really fly as their wings are disproportionately small to their bodies but it does let them glide or rather fall gracefully from predators or overly curious Peace Corps volunteers. After that I left it alone and it is probably still living in my roof. I mean, I can’t tell since it’s a stick bug and my roof is made of sticks but I don’t see why it would want to leave.

OH MAN, WHAT IF MY ROOF IS REALLY JUST MADE OF STICK BUGS AND I DON’T EVEN KNOW? Definitely a possibility.

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It is easy to romanticize a life with limited connectivity: candles, campfires and conversations. And how creative of the Ugandans to keep their insulin floating in a ceramic pot buried in the dirt. But the reality is that the only difference between the boy in southwest Uganda and the boy in anytown, USA is one was born powerless, the other empowered at birth. The Oxford dictionary defines power as “the ability or capacity to do something.” It is how things get done.

Picture this: A tale of two babies - ONE.org

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