Author Archives: Heidi

Club-mania

“Now, after you’ve boiled the empty bottles for ten minutes and let them cool slowly, you can add in the tomatoes,” I explain. Today in environment club we are canning. Most of the students are paying attention, but Colette, I’ve … Continue reading

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Growing in Faith: 4 Lessons From Year 1

Lesson 1: People are essentially the same, everywhere. Sure, we’re different. But we all have the same basic physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. It’s a simple truth but one that’s worth reflecting on often I think. Lesson 2: It’s not … Continue reading

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Girl Power

First of all, a big thank you to anyone who read my blog post a few months back about Camp GLOW (“Girls Leading Our World”) and donated to the project. The camp took place earlier this month, and it was … Continue reading

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A Tree Story

“What are you gonna do with all those trees?” asked a little boy named Adé, peaking over the fence at me in the garden. “Bon… Je ne sais pas,” I said. I don’t know. Tossing the empty watering can aside, … Continue reading

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Balanced

Shortly before coming back to the U.S. for a mid-service vacation, I read the book Cesar’s Way by Cesar Millan, the famous dog trainer from the show “The Dog Whisperer.” I don’t agree with all parts of Cesar’s philosophy. I … Continue reading

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In Sickness and In Health

(Okay, I admit this blog post is very long and rambling, but just read it.) Once upon a time, an old man fell down a well. For days he cried for help. Many people heard, but no one did anything. … Continue reading

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Where the Wild Things Are

Wilderness as a concept has always intrigued me. What is it? Different people will characterize it differently, but one thing is certain: wilderness is a point of view – what to one is wild and unknown to another could be … Continue reading

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GLOW

I have exciting news. This August, I will be taking part in a Peace Corps led summer camp for girls in Benin called Camp GLOW, and I’d like to ask you to consider making a donation to help make this … Continue reading

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March Madness

O soumin (I’m tired). This pretty much sums up last month, but in a good way (mostly). In the first week of March I went to Parc Pendjari in northern Benin with a group of friends where we had some … Continue reading

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FYI

Hi everyone! I just wanted to post a quick note letting you know that in the next few months I will hopefully be applying for the “Peace Corps Partnership Program” whereby I can submit project proposals, which then get posted … Continue reading

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