As a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa, our housing has only a few main requirements:
- The room has its own entrance that is separate from the main house and cannot be accessed by anyone else.
- The room has burglar bars on all the doors and windows.
- The school will provide one desk and two chairs.
- The department of education will provide a bed and a dresser.
That’s it. Electricity? A lovely perk, but not required. Running water…. only if you are extremely lucky. I love my humble abode; complete with its leaky tin roof that lets in exaggerates any sound upon it. No seriously, the first time it poured and subsequently hailed, I had a minor freak out and turned on Julie Andrews’ “My Favorite Things” and crawled under my blanket until it subsided. So yeah, it’s loud, but a handy-dandy mini speaker does wonders to allow me to continue watching my hard drive even in the noisiest of storms.
My two rooms are just perfect for me though, and luckily came stocked with a few items of furniture to help: a filing cabinet (which I use as a dresser), a small cabinet set which my kitchen sits upon, and an extra table where I rest my pantry and wash my dishes.
Take a peek inside my house, and get a feel of what it is like to live in South Africa!