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January 29, 2014

I’ve been putting off writing this. Maybe because it makes me sad. Maybe because I didn’t have all the details right away. Probably a mix of the two.

Long story short, I left Baní.

Last Monday the guy who robbed me got sentenced to jail time. It turns out his family is into some pretty bad stuff, and the Peace Corps decided not to take any chances with my safety. So I left my site on Wednesday and went to the capital. They put me up in a hotel and I’ve been living out of my backpack for the past week.

On Sunday I moved everything out of my house. My boss and our security coordinator came, as did a Peace Corps driver in a big truck. I had gone earlier in the day to spend some time with my host family and pack things up. Everyone helped me put things in boxes and wrap up fragile stuff, all the while with a gloomy feeling hovering over our heads.

When it came time to leave, we didn’t say goodbye, preferring the less-final “hasta luego.” See you later. And it’s true — I will be able to see my host family again soon. But it’s going to be a hard adjustment not to live there anymore.

So what am I doing now? Well, Peace Corps does not want to put me in another site because my group is technically done in May. They don’t want to develop somewhere just to have a volunteer in it for four months. So I am going to be traveling around between now and May. I’ll visit other volunteers, helping them out with their projects if they want me to, and getting to know parts of the country I haven’t seen.

I much rather would have finished out my 2 years in the site I started in, but I really have no choice here. So, it’s time to make lemonade out of lemons.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2014 8:42 AM

    Ashia-o! :-/ Glad that Peace Corps is being pro-active, at least

  2. Melody Porter permalink
    January 31, 2014 1:41 PM

    So sorry for the way things have turned out – but I bet there will be gifts awaiting you in these last four months of traveling around. Will be thinking about you. Keep us posted!

  3. PoppaCampos permalink
    February 2, 2014 12:27 PM

    When one door closes another opens. I hope the new door leads to some rewarding times.
    Hang in there.

  4. Rachel permalink
    February 5, 2014 2:25 PM

    I’m so sorry, friend! I hope traveling around turns into lemonade, and I am so glad you had the opportunity to experience what you did while you were there. We miss you over here!

  5. Lisa permalink
    February 27, 2014 5:05 PM

    Thank you so much for your wonderful Blog. My daughter is leaving August 19th 2014 for the DR through the peace corps and reading your blog posts have been incredibly informative. Sorry you had to leave your sight.
    Please keep us posted .

  6. March 19, 2014 7:25 PM

    I just found this last piece and am looking forward to backtracking to read of your journey from the beginning. @Lisa, my daughter is also leaving for the DR Peace Corps on Aug 19!

    • Lisa permalink
      March 20, 2014 2:42 PM

      That’s exciting! What is your home town?

      • March 20, 2014 2:51 PM

        We’re from the Seattle area. Sophie is graduating from a Portland college and I think has adopted that as her new home town. Where are you from?

      • Lisa permalink
        March 20, 2014 3:17 PM

        We live in lake forest park washington but my daughter Amy (who graduated from University of Oregon last March) is living in San Antonio . She is in a program called city year.

      • March 20, 2014 3:34 PM

        I would love to talk to you. Can you e-mail me at Thanks

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