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Two Years, Endless Challenges, Boundless Growth

This will be my last post on this blog.  I will continue blogging, but now it’s time to lay this one to rest since it embodies my Peace Corps Service in Abi Adi, Tigray, Ethiopia where I lived for 22 … Continue reading

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YSEL Ethiopia 2014 Summer Camp

I recently wrote about the transformative effect of youth summer camps in Ethiopia while describing Mekele Camp GLOW 2014.  As foreigners we are able to synthesize a little piece of America here in Ethiopia for a week or two at … Continue reading

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Bunna in Ethiopia

We couldn’t find any coffee to buy in the town of Chiri which is located in the highland Kaffa Zone of Southwestern Ethiopia.  This region is the birthplace of coffea.arabica; all arabica coffee cultivated in the world originated from the … Continue reading

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My Friend Mustafa

“Welcome my friend Mr. Forrest, the most famous man!” This is a typical greeting from my friend Mustafa whenever I go to visit him in his shop.  Mustafa is a tailor in Abi Adi and his little shop occupies a … Continue reading

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Mekele Camp GLOW 2014

I just worked with 13 other Peace Corps Volunteers and 6 Ethiopian counterparts to conduct the second annual Mekele Camp GLOW.  Camp GLOW, which stands for Girls Leading Our World, is an international Peace Corps project focused on teaching youth … Continue reading

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Go Play Outside

“You don’t have a whipping holiday in America?” asked my friend. No not really, although we do blow things up on the 4th of July.  So while Americans blow stuff up today, boys in Abi Adi are kicking this whipping … Continue reading

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Grassroot Soccer SKILLZ!

Peace Corps Volunteers struggle with sustainability.  Just like anyone working in the ‘development’ field, I question the work I am doing.  However, since I’m a bottom-of-the-food-chain volunteer who is more or less (ir)responsible for planning my own projects, I question … Continue reading

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