Wanderlust Wendy

pre-departure

Here Goes Nothing!

Peace Corps Cameroon Batié

This is what moving to Cameroon for two years looks like: My bags are packed. I am ready to go. The above luggages weigh less than 100 lbs. Those are both the check-in bags and carry-ons. I still was on the over-packing side, brining more books than necessary. This afternoon, I was all kinds of nervous while tying up many lose ends. But now that everything is completed, I am … Read more

Long Locks – Gone.

Peace Corps Cameroon Batié

This afternoon, I had coffee with Jess, had lunch with Dr. C, had a pedicure with Jess (Chris said, “you will be the only person with pedicured toes in Africa), and had 8 inches of my hair cut off. It is official. The last time I had hair that short was probably 6th grade? can’t remember. This is a big deal. I love my long hair. This may be a … Read more

Those Hips Don’t Lie

Peace Corps Cameroon Batié

In two weeks, I will be either on my way onto the African soil, or already there. That is absolutely nuts. I’m quite tired from the traveling, but wanted to jot down a few observations. • Today the family went to the Polynesian tour and I learned that the Samoa people don’t allow the women to cook. The men do everything and the women’s only job is to make babies … Read more

Who goes to Hawaii before Africa? Me.

I have graduated from college. Those four years went by quickly and is living proof that the next 27 months will go by at an even faster speed. ‘Tis a good thing. Regardless how difficult things may be over the next 27 months, I simply need to think of how quickly the last four years went by, and I shall be okay. I am in Hawaii with the family. The … Read more

Three Weeks!

Peace Corps Cameroon Batié

It is 3am. I have 3 days until I am officially a college graduate, although technically I concluded my undergraduate education at exactly 11:47am, May 12, 2008. I also have three weeks until I embark on an amazing journey to Cameroon! Today I became slightly overwhelmed with all the things and emotions simultaneously happening in my life. I love the crazy madness even though it seems somewhat out-of-control most of … Read more

If you plan to visit, please read!

Peace Corps Cameroon Batié

1. Planning. If you do not already have a passport, obtain a passport application and application instructions from a post office or your travel agent. To apply for a passport, you will need the completed application with two passport photos (with your signature on the back of each photo) and the application fee. 3. Visa. A yellow fever vaccination is required. This immunization must be logged in a World Health … Read more

random thoughts of preparation…

Just had an incredibly intense conversation online with a friend, on the topic of injustice, human rights, and the poor. My mind is still buzzing with thoughts; throat began hurting this evening, I sincerely hope I am not getting sick. That would be the end of my life (not literally). To get my head around what exactly I was debating, I looked up the following term on the Oxford dictionary. … Read more

Peace Corps Packing List

Peace Corps Luggage

Finally, I had the time to compile my own packing list. This is a culmination of the official list and suggestions from other volunteers. If you are a family member or friend who is planning on buying me a graduation/going-away present, feel free to get ideas from my Amazon wish list! This list will be revised several times prior to departure! Comments in red are my thoughts after being in … Read more

Motivation Statement

The following is the essay that accompanied my application. Motivation Statement The Peace Corps has always intrigued me immensely. Over the past year, I have spent many hours researching the organization and gaining an understanding via many Peace Corps Volunteers’ blogs. With each heart-warming story, my passion for the program and its mission grew stronger. As I head toward the next chapter of life, I choose to join the Peace … Read more

Cross-Cultural Experience

My Peace Corps application essay on cross-culture experience. Submitted in September, 2007. Cross-Cultural Experience In July 1998, at age 11, I waved goodbye to my family and all familiarities of life. I grew up in Taiwan where children fantasized over an idealized America: Disney cartoons, life without uniforms and a low-pressured school system. Due to family reasons, I was the “guinea pig” in the immigration process and was sent to … Read more