My Peace Corps service today passes the mark of 627 days. In the past 1.7 years I have learned a tremendous amount about the development process, the country of Guatemala, and myself. I’ve made friends, lost friends, fallen in and out of love, learned lessons, received hard knocks, had triumphs and failures, and generally speaking- grown up. I’m leaps and bounds different from the person I was one year ago, and this newfound perspective on the world and on life is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
I hope this video can provide you with some insight on the journey so far. I would like to also make a special shoutout to Marta Mudri, a beloved friend of mine who has made the journey down to visit all the way from Ohio, not once- but twice! I couldn’t find any flattering images featuring both of us on my computer which is why she does not appear prominently in the video.
Thank you to my supportive colleagues, friends, and family for all the support, encouragement, and slaps across the face- you keep me sane. Because of you all, I am able to serve Guatemala on behalf of the United States with pride, creativity, and my 110%.
The soundtrack is the song “Worn Out Passport” by The Copyrights from their album “North Sentinel Island” produced by It’s Alive Records. Listen to it, it’s the perfect soundtrack to my life and the life of any Peace Corps Volunteer, traveler, or wandering soul. North Sentinel Island is also purportedly the world’s hardest place to visit.