ghosts and clouds and nameless things

thesharpiemarkerapproach:

Dear Person Contemplating Joining Peace Corps,

I imagine that you’re at a transition point in your life. Perhaps you’ve just graduated, perhaps you’re going through a career change, perhaps you have an itch for something more that can’t be scratched. Whatever the reason, here you are:…

photo of me with the students of School #3 after our healthy lifestyles seminar 
Note: today is my last day as a Peace Corps Volunteer… it’s been a wild ride. :)

photo of me with the students of School #3 after our healthy lifestyles seminar 

Note: today is my last day as a Peace Corps Volunteer… it’s been a wild ride. :)

The teachers at my school presented me with a hand-embroidered traditional Ukrainian rushnik at my farewell party.

The teachers at my school presented me with a hand-embroidered traditional Ukrainian rushnik at my farewell party.

curling in Kiev with fellow PCVs 

curling in Kiev with fellow PCVs 

celebrating Teacher’s Day in Semenivka, Ukraine

celebrating Teacher’s Day in Semenivka, Ukraine

Me with my 11 formers - our last class together. :)

Me with my 11 formers - our last class together. :)

WHEN PEOPLE BACK HOME ASK WHAT PEACE CORPS IS REALLY LIKE
bros forever

bros forever

nom nom PCV sandwich ;)

nom nom PCV sandwich ;)

The thing about Peace Corps is…

Peace Corps service means days and weeks of being so frustrated you could cry (or do), tons of setbacks, seemingly insurmountable miscommunication, and last minute changes to projects you’ve worked on for months….but…

See the thing about Peace Corps is…sometimes… you have these amazing days where you feel so impossibly wonderful that you’re about to burst into a billion bits of light.  Days where you know, to the center of your being, that you are exactly where you are supposed to be, doing exactly what you should. 

I love days like this. 

#PeaceCorps #ILoveMyStudents #EveryoneSmiledAtMe #SunshineMakesItBetter

students in the stairwell of my school, grinning like fools :)

students in the stairwell of my school, grinning like fools :)

some of my sixth form students, serving as “celebrity guests” for the opening of the English-language library

some of my sixth form students, serving as “celebrity guests” for the opening of the English-language library