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Peace Corps: Months 1 & 2

Peace Corps: Months 1 & 2

Africa, Burkina Faso, Monthly Recaps, Peace Corps

I’ve got 27 months in the Peace Corps-so here’s the new countdown list! I want to keep everyone up to date with my ups, downs, and general discoveries in Burkina Faso. 

What I Was Up To These Months 

As you might be able to tell, I didn’t get around to publishing a June post. And since July is almost over I’d figure we’d combine this all into one happy long post. My lack of presence on the internet is not for lack of trying however! A month and a half in this country and I haven’t found wifi. Which also means photos are going to have to wait. So enjoy photos from the Colorado trip!

Where I Went 

Denver, CO

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Tyson, VA

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Leo, Burkina Faso

Dedougou, Burkina Faso


1. Since this is technically including June as well, my highlights would definitely have to be going to Colorado with Henry and having the time of our lives hiking, seeing moose, etc.

2. Seeing my family for dinner outside D.C.! It was wonderful to say goodbye to my cousin, aunt and uncle, Jim, and the other Phyllis!

3. Making some of the best friends of my life in Africa has to be a highlight. You click extra hard at a BFF level when you’re discussing your poop problems regularly with people. But I’m grateful for my little gang of people who keep me sane!

4. My host family! My host mom calls me her baby and really is the most wonderful person on earth. I adore her.

5. Visiting my site and envisioning my life here for the next two years was definitely exciting! Swearing in happens next month and then it’ll be good to be moved all in into my humble abode. Here’s a sneak peek:


1. Missing Henry. Long distance relationships suck and I’ve missed Henry constantly. Can someone invent a teleportation machine stat?

2. Sickness. And I mean shitting and vomiting in a bucket sickness. It’s hard for your mental health when your physical health isn’t doing so great as well.

3. Lack of wifi. I’m actually typing this post up on my phone with data. I need wifi! Besides blogging, I’m dying to share some of the photos I’ve taken.

Coming up this month: 

I know, I usually have a lot more to say. Hopefully once I can actually use my computer to blog that’ll change! For now, I’m happy sharing this little update with you all. Once at site I’ll be hunting for wifi in my somewhat larger regional capital!

This next month we finish up training and our sworn in as official peace corps volunteers! Wish me luck.

About the author

I got my first taste of long-term travel when I took a gap year before beginning college. I lived and worked in Australia in one of the most transformative years of my life. Like many others, I caught the wanderlust bug and now I'm always busy adding to my bucketlist. Besides traveling, I'm into hiking and photography. I'm currently finishing up my senior year in college and planning my next big adventure!


  1. Hen
    July 30, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Working on a teleportation machine rn, will report back..
    So cool that you’re able to post even from rural Africa! Love the picture of the tree with all the roots, I wonder what species it is?
    Have fun and stay safe!
    We’re all rooting for you!

    • Phyllis
      August 2, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Seeing you everyday would definitely make this experience better :))
      But no wifi at all 😭
      No idea! But we hang out under that tree all the time. It’s the meeting spot.
      Love you ❤️

  2. Patrick Duffey
    August 10, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Great to read about your first month or so, Phyllis! I am glad you adore your host mom. I know what it’s like to have digestive difficulties. Hang in there! I pray for you and your project. Go Roos! Go Phyllis! Un abrazo Patrick 👍🏽🙂

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