The Benin Variant

CarlyServing as a rural community health advisor with the Peace Corps in Benin. This blog catalogues my experiences as a volunteer, highlights the work I aim to do and serves as an outlet for cultural exchange.


Latest posts on http://www.thebeninvariant.com/:

 

  • Slim Pickin'
    January is already halfway over, signaling the peak of harmattan season and the endless sweeping that follows every gust of dusty wind. While most of my village friends complain about the cooler temperatures, I embrace the breeze and falling asleep without a pool a sweat. But, I know I've adjusted...
  • 2017: The journey continues!
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    And, just like that, it's 2017! In a word, this last year was amazing. 2016 marked a full year living in Benin, countless exciting projects with the Peace Corps, travel across the continent and around the globe, and endless self discovery. It was a year that started...
  • Adventures in Senegal
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    The Stomp Out Malaria Bootcamp was intensive, inspiring and by far one of the highlights of my Peace Corps service. Surrounded by 37 other PCVs from 14 different African countries, I learned about malaria best practices, current initiatives and got to speak with global leaders in the fight against this...
  • Intro To Mapping: How You Can Help Plot Communities Worldwide!
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    Have you ever searched for your house using Google Earth? Used satellite imagery to scope out a new neighborhood, plan a trip or avoid traffic? Well, satellite imagery is incredibly useful, especially here in the Peace Corps!While you have all seen pictures of my village, I've never actually shown you...
  • Onward We STOMP
    Hello from Senegal!It's been a little while since my last update, but I can assure you that things have been exciting and busy post-camp. In addition to wrapping up the camp activities, I was back in village to implement some project follow-up before leaving country for a couple weeks.Starting...
  • Boys Reaching Out: A Photo Tribute
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    Camp season is over here in Benin, but I'm still running on the caffeine high and enjoying all the amazing pictures from the last week in Ouidah!  Thanks to the amazing Alex Peterson for putting this together!Over the week, we covered so many topics including malaria, sexual health, human rights,...