“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” -John F. Kennedy
To celebrate the anniversary of Peace Corps this March, I decided to take you on a stroll with me down memory lane- or in my case, a dirt road leading into my village of Bare, Cameroon…Where is that? You may ask yourself. I did when I read my invitation. West Africa… picture the arm pit of Africa on the map. Voila.
- Bienvenue chez la blanche! Let’s start with the moto ride into my town, Baré!
- Here’s a tour of the house I lived in!
- And this is where I would hang out on Market Day!
- This is Baré High School where I taught English (singing their favorite song)!
- I’ll show you how to catch a bush taxi!
- My FAVORITE meal there is Okra soup, made by Unity!
- I spent a lot of time with Teems in Nkongsamba.
- I visited Monkey Island!
- I participated in a Women’s Group with Sintia! See them dance and sing here!
- And this is Franck, my Cameroonian son!
- I sang a lot, and enjoyed performing with SOP Angel Velarde (Excuse Franck’s cough! LOL)! I even performed at a cabaret in the capital, Yaoundé!
- I visited with many friends over palm wine, or matango!
- I celebrated many successful projects, like the Bandzuidjong water well (where I was honored with a title!) and CEBEC School Development (this is me making a speech, which is very Cameroonian.)
I hope you enjoyed my video tour! Peace Corps was important to the person that I am today, and could not imagine my life without having had the experience!