Blast of Benin #4

There’s this channel on Beninese TV called Boom TV.  It plays the latest jams in Benin and random American songs like randommmmmm. Any who one morning while eating a late breakfast at my host family’s house I catch their classic segment… here is the Playlist in order:

  1. Ayo Technology x 50 Cent and Justin Timberlake 
  2. P.I.M.P. x 50 Center
  3. Still Dre x Dre and Snoop Dogg
  4. The Reign x Ja Rule
  5. Sweet Dreams x Nas
  6. It Was A Good Day x Ice Cube
  7. Quiet Storm x Mobb Deep and Lil Kim

I was like what in the world Benin… 😂😂😂

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Blast of Benin #2

So I let the kids in my concession play with my tennis ball in my living room but things were getting kinda wild and overwhelming. I wanted to send them outside to play but return the ball afterwards. They weren’t listening so I locked them out the house without the ball. So they go to my window screaming “MAMA!! GIVE US THE BALL!!” Just faces and arms reaching through my window smh I eventually gave them the ball after making them repeat back the ball instructions (don’t throw the ball in Sister Biia’s house. Play outside with the ball. When done playing with the ball give it back.)

I can’t wait to get my screens on my window

Peace Corps Volunteer

August 31st 2017.


Peace Corps Volunteer Oath

“I, Si-Asar Uri-Biia, do solemnly swear, that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.

So help me god.”


Peace Corps Volunteer Pledge

“I, Si-Asar Uri-Biia, promise to serve alongside the people of Benin.

I promise to share my culture with an open mind and open heart.

I promise to foster an understanding of the people of Benin, with creativity, cultural sensitivity, and respect.

I will face the challenges of service with patience, humility, and determination.

I will embrace the mission of world peace and friendship for as long as I serve and beyond.

In the proud tradition of Peace Corps legacy, and in the spirit of the Peace Corps family, past, present, past-

I am a Peace Corps Volunteer.”

Picture of me after swearing in:

Picture of the POC volunteers from stage 30A minus one:

Waiting for the ceremony to begin:

Picture of me with the training staff right before leaving for site:

Picture of all the TEFL training staff minus one:

Picture of all the volunteers plus some of the training staff: