Hi! I’m Lindsay, a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in South Africa serving as a Community HIV Outreach Volunteer in northwestern Mpumulanga. I’m also participating in Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI), so I’ll be completing my Masters degree in Public Administration at Georgia State University while serving.
About me: You can read more about me and my background in Less than 90 Days to Go! For more on my professional work, check out Professional Experience. If you’re interested in my life in Atlanta, check out A Day in the Life (ATL Edition) and soon to be coming, a comparison day in the life in SA!
About my pre-Peace Corps journey: Check out my application process. If you’re interested in my packing list, please send me an email.
About South Africa: I’ve provided a brief overview of South African history and interesting facts in The Rainbow Nation. Additionally, I will have blog posts related to South Africa’s background, culture, music, and recipes (see drop-down menu under “The Rainbow Nation”), so check back for updates!
What’s an eland? A large antelope common to East and South Africa- you can read more on my Elands post or here. I was disappointed that I didn’t see an eland the last time I went to South Africa (December 2009), so I’m hoping to see some during Peace Corps- and maybe even run with one!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why Peace Corps? Around high school, I knew that I wanted to work internationally. I grew up listening to my uncle’s tales from his time in the Department of State, and I had an immediate love of languages. I majored in International Relations (and Communication) in undergrad, then began working in international development where I was practically surrounded by RPCVs. Although I enjoyed my jobs, I wanted to get out from the administrative desk work and work in the field. I had considered pursuing both the Peace Corps and grad school, and then I discovered that I could do both and earn a semester of credit for Peace Corps through the Master’s International program. Peace Corps represents an opportunity to really immerse myself in international field work and test whether or not I want to pursue this career. It is also an unparalleled opportunity to learn about myself and the world around me, engage in personal growth, create lasting friendships, fail and pick myself back up, and have a truly life-altering experience. Although RPCV experiences differ, I have yet to meet a volunteer who regretted serving. At one point during the application process, I thought I wouldn’t be able to go to Peace Corps, and I felt the excruciating pain of a dream dying. I didn’t know how much I wanted and needed Peace Corps until that moment, and I am incredibly grateful and excited to be able to pursue my dream now.
Can I send you stuff? Yes please! Letters and care packages are MUCH appreciated. Email me for my address and check out my wish list!
Can I come visit? Also yes please! However, please don’t plan to visit during my first 6 months or last 3 months in country. The first 3 months, as previously explained, are PST. The next 3 months I won’t be able to leave my host village (other than shopping for food and such) to help me acclimate (sort of like when they tell you not to go home every weekend for the first few months at college). After July though, you’re most welcome! Just remember that seasons are reversed in SA- July is winter and January is summer. Also, I’m living in a village in accommodations suited to that lifestyle, so if you’re not up for roughing it, plan to spend some money on a hostel. The cities in SA are not particularly cheap!