Well well well… it’s been a long time but I’m back again. Hmmm Hmmmmm let me think… what’s new since we last talked…
Oh! I finished my Peace Corps service! Surpriseeeee!! That’s right everyone your favorite Biia has successful completed her 27 months in Benin and boy do I feel things… I feel:
Accomplishment: I completed my service. I did my job. I gained a lot.
Disbelief: Am I actually done? I think? Maybe?
Content: I’m satisfied with my service.
Excited: Huhooooo!! ~(^o^)~ ready for some new and shiny future
Weird: like I’ve lived here so long… am I actually leaving? Is that okay?
This experience can only be described as… everything that I needed it to be. I gave a bit and I gained a lot. I say only a bit because even though I worked hard and put so much of myself into this experience the amount I gained seems so much more than I gave, in my opinion.
Like yeah I taught lotsa kids.
Sidenote: in a few years if you meet some kids from Benin and ask what time is it and they say time to get a watch instead of the actual time… THAT’S ME!! Those are Madame Biia’s students! You’re welcome!! Don’t worry on the second or third time you ask they WILL give you the time.
Yeah I helped lead various leadership programs
Yeah I did health workshops
Yeah I promoted cultural exchange between the US and Benin
Yeah I did some gender equity work.
But let’s see what I gained shall we?
I learned French like I tested out as Advanced-low and started novice-high/intermediate-low. That’s right everyone I can say omelette du fromage! Be jealous!
I got free housing
I got free Healthcare
I got to experience new land, new cultures, and new food.
I made friends
I got to see my highs and lows abroad
I learned so much more about myself
I got stronger (mentally not physically) lol
I got new outfits
I got a new confidence for traveling (including solo traveling)
I traveled to Benin, Togo, Ghana, Sao Tome, and Côte D’ivoire (Ivory Coast)
I got even more confidence confidence.
I got cuter
I got TEFL CERTIFIED and appreciated as a volunteer
Guys… I’m the winner here… BIIA FOR THE WIIINNNNNN
So what’s next for Biia aka the gift from the stars…
Well I noticed a few unposted things from my time as a volunteer, so I’m going to post that. I would also like to post some reflections on my peace corps experience, some stuff about my travels, and my future plans and what I’m doing currently.
So yeah… goodbye or as they say in french goodbye en français 😉