Category Archives: Swimming

Reflections from the sea — processing, questioning and contributing.

Our Graduation

Last week, PC volunteers in Cape Verde received big news: After 24 years of partnership, Peace Corps will be finishing it’s work in Cape Verde and will no longer be operating here as of the end of September. PC/CV is … Continue reading

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Wailing and Weeping

One of my students came to class crying.  No one tried to calm her; no one seemed uncomfortable by her tears.  They hugged her, explaining that her cousin had just passed away; and most importantly, they let her cry. I … Continue reading

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No longer strangers

Recently I was reading an article (We take risks, others pay the price) about greenhouse gas emissions and their relation to “reckless risk-taking.”  The article discussed the fact that many industrialized nations refuse to fully support, and fight against climate … Continue reading

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Doesn’t have to be this way

When I arrived at the elementary school on Tuesday, one of my students came running up to me – even before I could get near the school’s gate.  He explained, in hurried sentences and without looking at me, that one … Continue reading

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Who Will Dance On The Floor In The Round

When I see America from a Cape Verde perspective I am overwhelmed with images of Eminem, Jay-Z and Ralph Lauren. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, right? Although I know a different America, we give off a stench comprised of … Continue reading

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Working To Work It Out

I realized that I never completed my last blog post. I got too excited about potential curly tailed pets and my thirty-minute Internet session ended. In sum, I have a lot to learn from the Cape Verdean women. They work … Continue reading

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So Sabi

Culture shock – from a rooster sitting on my kitchen table to eating white rice, potatoes, and fish at EVERY meal, I can now officially say I´m experiencing Cape Verde. I moved in with my homestay family a week ago … Continue reading

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