Life is weird. I’m writing from my bed, under my mosquito net, in the middle of the North West province in South Africa, on the continent of Africa. If you would have asked me this time last year where I thought I’d be right now, this was not it. Sure Peace Corps was my top choice- but at the time South Africa wasn’t even on my radar.
Life is serendipitous. Life at site has been full of “this is exactly what I am meant to be doing” moments…and also a lot of “what the heck am I doing?” moments. Spending my afternoons playing games and gymming with the neighborhood kids relieves the frustration of working in a system that contributes to so many roadblocks to learners’ success.
It’s incredible though, that halfway around the world, I feel so completely at home and so wanted. From teachers braiing for me at school, to learners begging me to come teach their class, to my host fam baking me cookies and inviting me to watch Skeem Sam. And differences aside, the mainstays in my life- yoga, reading, Netflixing (via external hard drive)- keep me sane and grounded when I start to consider the reality of where I am.
When I think about going back to the states to visit next year for my sister’s wedding, I get excited- but mostly just that it’s only for a visit. Here, South Africa, is where I want to be more than anything else.