Almost every summer during high school, I used to volunteer at the Yale New Haven Hospital. They have a really established program with hundreds (?) of volunteers, who come in for typically 1.5 days a week. I loved it, especially when I worked as a wheelchair retriever, which basically entailed me getting pushed around in wheelchairs while returning them to the dispatch area.Read More
By Lauren Frigm* *Lauren is a guest blogger. She graduated from James Madison University in 2013 and leaves tomorrow for Tanzania as a Peace Corps Volunteer. You can follow her journey on her blog, Lauren Takes Tanzania. If you are interested in guest blogging for ATOB, please email us at AsToldOverBrunch@gmail.com.
Starting tomorrow, February 8, I’ll be fulfilling a dream of mine by departing for 27 months to Tanzania as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I will be living and working in a rural village, helping local farmers to reach goals of sustainable agriculture. If all goes well, this will help the community become more food secure and have more complete nutrition.
I have gotten a lot of mixed reactions from friends, family, and strangers when I tell them all this. A lot of people think I’m crazy for wanting to live in a rural Tanzanian village for that long. Some people offer total admiration/jealousy (this is the most appreciated response; THANK YOU, I am a noble person). Others try to talk me out of it because they think I’m going to get Ebola (don’t even get me started about why this is the most ignorant response of them all). But the most common response is a lot of questions.Read More
If you look for it, there are millions of microscopically unimportant things that can go wrong every day. Today alone:
- An Amazon seller sent me a totally different shirt than the one I ordered.
- It rained on our walk to froyo.
- I forgot to apply mederma to my leg scar.
- Taylor Swift got stuck in my head.
I could go on, probably almost endlessly.Read More