Well, the first week of December was spent in Zanzibar (see last blog post). :) What about the rest of it?
I returned to Uganda to find a slew of emails about all of my committee meetings. The Gender and Development Committee met to elect the next Camp GLOW and Camp BUILD directors. There have been two new groups of volunteers in Uganda since I arrived, and we try to get a mix of people from all training groups involved with camps. The hand-over (of camp direction) is going very smoothly. The GAD Committee also did a significant amount of fundraising and we’re able to help several volunteers with their local projects promoting gender equality. One project is the Uganda Youth Newsletter; the other is a softball camp for girls!
A few days after the GAD meeting, I attended my first Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) meeting. This is where 2 representatives from each training group meet with Peace Corps Administration to discuss current policies and issues that volunteers are having. There were many topics to cover and the meeting ended up going for 4 hours. But I can’t say that we got a whole lot accomplished – there was a lot of discussion and not much action.
So I’ve been in Uganda for 17 months now (crazy!). Halfway through our service, we get a medical and dental check-up – it’s very basic, more like a consultation. I just wanted to let you know that I’m healthy and my teeth are very clean again. :) At the end of our service, we’ll get the full exam (blood tests, dental x-rays, etc.).
By the time I returned back to Kuluva (after all of these Kampala visits), the nursing school was closed for Christmas break. So I’ve been hanging out with other PCVs for the holidays.
To sum it up:
- Ate lots of pizza
- Read The Hunger Games trilogy
- Went for a hike
- Made paper snowflakes
- Went swimming in a pool at the hotel nearby
- Had a Christmas movie marathon: Elf, A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and Love Actually
- Christmas dinner included wine, stuffing, deviled eggs, green bean casserole, pesto pasta salad, pumpkin pie, and brownies
- White Elephant gift exchange
Have a Happy New Year everyone!!!