Keur Ndongo=My new home!

Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2011

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hi all!
So we were finally given our site placements!  yay!  For the next two years starting in May I will be living in a very small, very rural village called Keur Ndongo.  It is in a region of the country called Tambacounda and is its closest big city neighbor is Kupentoum which is still like 30km away haha. so I will be doing lots of biking.*
   My village has about 200 to 300 people total living in it depending on the ti,e of year and whether is work elsewhere.  I have spoken with the girl that I am replacing and she seems to be awesome.  I dont know a ton about the village besides that it is really poor and fqr away from everything haha.  We are about to enter the starving season and depending on where you live you either experience the starving part of the season or you dont {there are many areas of the country that do not go thru it]  From what she tells me there are definitely a huge chunk of ppl in my village who eat one meal a day during this season usually millet {the sand millet I ate in my village last week...yucky]  I am really excited to see it though. 
    We leave on Monday for our "demysting" which is when we trqvel to a village and spend a week there with a current PCV to see what things are really like.  Me and 2 of the girls who will live close to me are going to my village for our demyst which should be awesome.
     I wont have electircity or running wqter {which some volunteers actuqlly do have and one of them lives 30 away frome me which is nice]  I also dont know how often I will have qccess to internet since Im living so far in the bush but I will definitely do my best to stay in touch.  {sorry about spelling errors = they only have french keyboards in the internet cafes and the keys are all over the place]
Love you all and send word of how things are in the states!!!
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jlsterba on

Good Luck!!!
So good to hear from you. We miss you!!! I know you'll do great. Just let us know what your new address will be so we can send care packages.

Dad had a quiet birthday at the cabin and who knows what Dane did for his birthday. We missed having him home.

Spring is peeking through here. Daffodils are up and the grass is greening. Griswald continues to escape from the backyard after your Dad plugs his escape routes. Tucker and Bo are fine,cats are cats and the bird....wellll.

Big hugs your way,


tegaff on

Hey hey heeeey
Hi lady!! It sounds like you are having a wonderful time over there! I absolutely love reading each update you provide, so keep us posted as much as possible. I still can't believe you are doing something so amazing... what strength and courage you have! We all miss you and love you.

Take care,

p.s. how's the whole right-handed thing working out?

ercarraway on

I finally found your blog! haha. It's so great to hear about your adventures. Your American little bro will be back in Cville tomorrow. It seems he's put his primate inclinations to use and is now a hardcore climber, which comes as no surprise of course. He led his first climb in the Conchise Stronghold a few weeks ago. I'll give him your info so I'm sure you'll be hearing from him soon. I'm still state-side working at the O&V and crossing my fingers on a Korean visa. Can't wait for your next entry!


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