August started off celebrating a Muslim holiday with Delia’s family. I was invited to their house, where they made a delicious meal filled with meat (something I rarely get). I headed into the capital to meet up with other G10 volunteers for our In-Service Conference. It was the first time we were together as a group since swearing in, so it was nice to catch up. Delia’s students made a documentary about key locations around our town. I was lucky enough to follow the students from the beginning of town to the end and witness their hilarious yet too cute, interviews.
Oromia statue in the center of Robe
Look at all our rain! And MUD.
Language class buddy, Jeanie
Students reading by solar light
View of town
Youth compound, Genesis
Yohannes made toys from mud!
Boys helping us prepare for GIRLS club!
At-home hair cutting session
Oh so tasty home-made mexican food in Ethiopia
Excitement picked up in July! Hannah, one of my sitemates students, invited us to her house for her birthday. Her and her brother, Abraham, showed off some amazing dance skills. I took a trip into Adama, my hub city, and explored a little. We walked up to the top of the Oromia monument and had quite the run in with the Ethiopian military 😉 My work also threw me an amazing 4th of July part in true Ethiopian fashion with popcorn and coffee.
True Ethiopian way to decorate for a birthday!
Hannah and Abraham teaching Delia how to dance.
Hannah the birthday girl!
Hannah and Abraham with their mother.
I loved Hyat’s bandaid!
On top of the hill is the Oromia monument
View of Adam
Our monkey in Adama!
Fikru, my bestie from work.
Cutting hambasha bread
The work crew for the 4th of July
June was spent settling into work and my house. My sitemate assisted me around town to buy things I needed to make my concrete room a home. I spent most my time at work getting to know my coworkers, the health system in town, and working on my language skills.
Settled into my house… clearly not a lot going on.
The cows briefly stayed in my yard
My first trip the village
I swore in as a volunteer and moved to my town, Arsi Robe.
In April I visited Ambo, held a camp for Butajira kids, and prepared my goodbyes for moving to site.
David, my West Coast bestie
Almez, our housing coordinator
March consisted of getting to know my host family, beginning language lessons, and site announcement/site visit.
My room in my host home
My youngest host sister, Emily
Emily & Etan
Emily, Aiden, & Etan
Making our permagarden
Permagarden training with Jeanie and Jeff
Weekends in Butajira
Site Announcement: The Oromia Crew
Oromia Volunteer Map
Site Visit: Robe Health Office
Site Visit: First introduction to my house
Site Visit: The outside of my new home
Site Visit: My compound gate