Life here is easy when one has low expectations and can appreciate the small things, e.g., a can of peas every three months. Living without the little luxuaries of hot showers, indoor toliets, and stuff basically working 99% of the time for almost two years really makes me notice the small signs of development when I travel outside of the village. So what qualifies as "development" through the eyes of the average PCV? Let me tell ya...
I went on vacation to Namibia last month. I can ramble on for a long time about how much I loved it; but I won't. Every once in a while me or one of the three other friends I was with would announce to the group, "development!" And here is why: Buses left on time, Monster energy drinks, ice cream, sturdy roofs, Cheetos, sassy waiters & waitresses, not only running water but more importantly water pressure, sidewalks, 24-hour convenient stores that serve coffee, streetlights, trash cans, super markets that play '90s pop music, slurpees, and last but not least: Haribo Gummi Bears.
Ok, so my list may not be what the majority would consider "development." But we feel (and when I say "we" I mean me & my friends here) that if a country has Haribo Gummi bears then they're doing somethin' right, it can't be that bad...right?
Anyway, I've slacked off big time on the blog-writing, my apologies. I'll make the time you've spent out of you day worthwhile now by updating you on more interesting things.
I have about four months left. Crazy! I've been working at my clinic every Mon, Wed, and Fri. When I don't have a specific program I help with patients, fill perscriptions, give mini health talks to patients waiting to be seen, and test for malaria. In May I'm going to have a training specific to RDT (Rapid Drug Test) for malaria. It'll be at the clinic and open to anyone who wants to be trained on how to properly administer the test. Certificates will be given to those who become qualified. Zambians love certificates.
A new intake of CHIP PCTs arrives in June and I've been selected to host first site visit and be a week trainer. I'm looking forward to it and I love meeting the new trainees! My COS (Close Of Service) conference will be in July, and I'll start getting those law school applications ready towards the end of August!
Aside from that I'm sailing smoothe until I pull myself from Mailo. I'm soaking up every sunrise, sunset, and all those precious moments in between. Thanks for the love and support, I couldn't do this without it.