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My name is Forrest Copeland and I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Tigray region of Ethiopia from 2012 to 2014.  I worked as a community health volunteer in the town of Abi Adi, which literally means “big country.”  This blog was a venue for me to record some of my thoughts about Ethiopia, culture, work, and the Peace Corps.   Please contact me if you have any questions.  copelaf@gmail.com

This blog was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Blog It Home contest for Peace Corps Volunteers.  350 current Peace Corps Volunteer bloggers from 60 countries submitted their blogs for consideration and Tales From the Big Country was selected as one of the 20 finalists!

By the way… the contents of this website are mine personally and do not reflect any position of the US government or the Peace Corps.

forrest birkinesh and wogany

Berkinesh, Wogany, and Forrest in Asella during Pre-Service Training – Photo from Breanne Lott

“Whether it’s running in a week long ultra-marathon, drinking 22 cups of tea in one day, wandering through the labyrinth of the local market, using a soccer ball to teach kids about HIV, or exploring the countryside of rural Ethiopia, Forrest’s life as a community health Peace Corps Volunteer is never predictable.  Explore his photo-rich blog to follow along! ”  — Blog It Home Contest Tagline


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