Many of us have learned that home is where the heart is, or it is what you make it. In San Diego, I moved several times and although it was a pain to move there was also a rush of excitement. This is because of my love for interior decorating. It’s a blank canvas with full of possibilities.
Zambia has been one of he biggest transitions in my life thus far. And with new changes come new opportunities. I’ve decided to take on the challenges of living in a hut for the next two years with no electricity, Internet, running water, or conveniences that I had back in America and make the most of it.
In a way it is daunting and scary, but also exhilarating and exciting. Since then, I’ve been enjoying reading books, painting murals, and getting to know the community.
I’ve learned to enjoy the simplicities of cooking on a brazer and getting creative with recipes. Surprisingly, there are many foods that keep well without a fridge.
As much as I miss home and comfortable amenities it provides, it’s also refreshing to be able to disconnect and discover the simplicity of the Zambian culture.
As Peace Corps volunteers, we tier in as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation volunteers. Second gens have the ability to build off the last volunteer’s projects. Our community is a little more familiar and comfortable working with an American. But I face the challenge of being compared to the last volunteer’s work efforts and living style that they may use it as leverage or guilt.
Although we are assigned as different generations, each volunteer makes their service their own and may be facing completely different issues or reap the benefits.
I was able to inherit a beautiful couch, bed, closet organizers, and a few other things. I made some improvements and am currently working on some other home projects to make Zambia feel a bit more homey.