I tend to get away from my village every other weekend. I do this to maintain my secluded sanity. I do enjoy spending a weekend in my hammock reading great literature, but I get cabin fever (without the sub-zero temperatures) after a while.
I normally visit a volunteer or two on the weekends away. It’s on these weekends I begin to feel guilty I’m having so much fun working as an ambassador for the American government. But then I go back to my village and work with the community for the next 10 days. This takes up the vast majority of my time.
I am doing good things – a lot of good – but I’m enjoying it so much I tend to forget about what I’m doing. I’m simply being Jeff and it’s helping Thai kids (and some open-minded adults) think outside the box.
I was talking with a fellow volunteer and friend, Melissa, about how much we both enjoy being Peace Corps volunteers. It takes a certain kind of personality to be able to go across the globe and live in a rural foreign society. It seems difficult or, at the least, challenging, to people who don’t have that personality. However, if you have that personality, it’s a lot of fun. It’s still difficult and challenging, but in a way that’s manageable.
I love it when I’m trying to speak Thai and no one can understand me.*
I love eating rice three times a day.*
I love the heat.**
I love my squat toilet and bucket shower.*
*-99% of the time
**-95% of the time
Sometimes it takes an e-mail from a friend or family member back home to remind me I am doing a service to my country and the world. I forget because it’s so damn fun!