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Why I didn’t write a goodbye post

I’ve been back in America for exactly a month now. However, during the time in July prior to my goodbye in South Africa and until now, I was never inspired to write a blog post about it.

I had reached a point in my service that I was very, very ready. Ready to go, ready to say goodbye, and ready to jump into the next thing.

Simply put, I was ready to jump into my next move because I felt I had done as much as I could at site. I was in a complacent place with my work and knowing that I made a difference. I did what I could do without burning out to an extreme.

I was ready to say goodbye because I couldn’t stay there forever. As much as I loved my host family, I’m not part of their culture and must return to mine at some point.

I was ready to go because I was incredibly sick of being harassed (to a point where some new drunk idiots moved in by my taxi stop and would cat call me in my own village). I had a lot of anger built up inside of me toward the country, specifically because the way men act and how women are treated. Two years was, good god, enough.

I find it rather sad that I left with some of these feelings, because I had an incredible experience and don’t regret it one bit. But, sometimes you’re just ready. My patience grew weaker as time went on, likely because I knew America was around the corner.

The next jump for me will be graduate school at NYU to obtain my MPA. In the future, I hope to start my own nonprofit or be the director of communications of a nonprofit that focuses on public education in the US. (City Year!) I’ve got plenty of years to figure that out, but I’ll still be in the public service sector. I hope to have interesting things to continue to write about — but for now, I’m just a lost puppy wandering around NYC and getting “acquainted”.

Thank you to everyone who followed my post-undergraduate service journey in one way or another! For any City Year or Peace Corps hopefuls, please use my archives as a resource. Always feel free to contact me with any questions about either programs (contact tab above). I encourage you all to serve our country or another, and I’ll keep doing the same!

Three years and out. I’ll be back writin’ soon enough 🙂

Yours in service,
Liz

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Tom Warden #

    That’s it? Done? 😦

    Sent from my iPhone

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    August 20, 2014
  2. We know that you and your cohort of pcv teachers did make a difference in the communities you served because we saw you in action. That you sometimes suffered while in that service makes it that much more significant, because you accomplished it anyway. You are tougher now, more experienced, more capable. We got back three weeks ago from Zimbabwe where we moved all around the country for two months working with distribution of our first container of book to rural schools. Working with the teachers and students was a joy and it’s a good thing because we were constantly harassed by traffic police every time we used a paved road (driving an RSA truck). But three weeks later, all we really feel from the experience is the joy we saw in the kids as they picked up their first library book. We hope that will be your memories, just the good stuff. You guys sure inspired us! Please keep in touch. Very best, Barbara and Claude Mayfield

    August 20, 2014

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