Ngili Volontiya laka Peace Corps 

After 10 weeks of rigorous training – that consisted of SiSwati language and cross cultural learning, practical development training, personal safety and security, and health training myself, along with 42 (16 Youth in Development, 21 Community Health, and 6 Global Health Services Response Volunteers) other folks from all across America swore in as the next generation (14th group to be exact) of Peace Corps Volunteers in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Peace Corps first came to Swaziland in 1969, but after an eight year hiatus PC was invited back from his majesty King Mswati III to help assist the government in the fight against AIDS/HIV.

On Friday August 26th, I will make the trek (with assistance from PC staff) to the Shiselweni region and move into my permanent site in the rural village of Mbowane where I will spend the next two years. Over the next several months until In Service Training (IST), I will integrate into my community through a series of activities that focuses on identifying resources, forging new relationships, getting to know key players in my community, assessing the needs of the community, identifying strengths, and so on and so forth. This in turn will help me to gain a greater understanding of my new community, brainstorm potential projects, and most importantly cultivate meaningful relationships. 

Mbowane high school will be my main entry point into my new community. During the first couple of weeks at site, school wont be in session. I will have a lot of down time to explore my community, read, journal, spend time with my host family…but my first task will be spent making my new home feel comfortable.

I’ll be sure to update you all soon! 💜

Author: Nicole

I've decided to uproot my life and dedicate it to serving in the Peace Corps for 27 months. Yuuuuup, you read that right. God has helped me redefine limitations. A dear friend once told me that, "boxes are for shoes, you never know how great you are until you break out of the box and see what you are really made of!" This blog will chronicle my adventures as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in the Kingdom of Swaziland! You'll read about my highest of highs compounded with the lowest of lows - raw and unfiltered. Please enjoy the view. :) *The contents of this blog are mine and do not reflect any position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.*

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