Peace Corps has three basic goals:
- Helping the people of Burkina Faso in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the Burkinabè.
- Helping promote a better understanding of the Burkinabè on the part of Americans.
I used the template of a PowerPoint presentation one of my friends here used when she went back home. Talked about what the Peace Corps is, about Burkina Faso and my life here thus far. I also brought in things to show the students (currency from BF, a traditional outfit, a balafon--essentially, an African xylophone, etc.).
I had so much fun doing this and really am considering going into education after the Peace Corps. A little teaching and then who knows where life will lead me!
At my old high school. I used the picture of my training group's Swear-In Ceremony to show the different types of attire here in Burkina Faso.
With Ms. Mahoney and her French 5-6 class that I've been corresponding with. Great group of students!
Ms.Mahoney, one of my most favorite teachers of all time! I thank her for making me love learning the French language so much.
Teaching the kids a little French. On a side note, you can't even compare a classroom in the US with a classroom in Burkina!
I feel like one of the greatest things I'm gaining from my Peace Corps experience is this reciprocal cultural exchange that is very hard to find elsewhere. This'll sound really corny, but I really feel fulfilled when this happens.