I Went To Africa & Started a Girl Band

I got my site assignment!! You are looking at (errr…reading the words of?) the first literacy specialist in Kyakatara Primary School in the Kyenjojo District in Western Uganda. I will be living in a cooler* part of the country amongst the mountains. The site assignment ceremony was done with a sorting hat and in true Harry Potter form, it was all very dramatic. Waiting to be hear our assignments felt much like receiving a letter to see if you got accepted into the college of your choice. Of course, I was the last one to be “sorted.”

When I first heard the name of the school, I was slightly disappointed because it wasn’t one of my top 3 choices…and then I read the job description. Apparently one of the reasons I was chosen to work at this school is because they are advocating for gender balance and “can benefit from strong female leadership” and as you all know, I am all about gender balance. So yeah, I’m feeling pretty good right about now. Also, my friend Marguerite will be living about a half hour away from me, which makes me really happy.

Friday night was also the talent show, which was such a blast. A couple of my friends and I created a girl band called “The Lugogo Girls” and sang a parody version of the song “I Will Survive. “ Our version is Peace Corps related (of course) but we called it “I Might Survive.” We all wore black mini dresses (that we just happened to have packed in our suitcases**) and red lipstick. We made up dance moves to the song and we even had groupies! It was so much fun to dress up and put on makeup even though I still smelled like bug spray. The other acts were pretty great too. After the talent show was over, we had a dance party in the classroom. My roommate and I finally stumbled into our dorm room around 1 and spent at least an hour sitting in bed and giggling.

Tomorrow we are leaving for our new training center, where we will be for the next 3 weeks. The dorm rooms are going to be bigger but that also means we’ll have more roommates (rumor has it that it’s 6 per room). It’s also going to be more intense, work-wise but I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully I will have faster internet so I can finally post these entries!

*Cooler = 70s and 80s. 60s at night.

**It was meant to be.


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