Wanderlust Wendy

Volunteers for Volunteers

Happy Birthday to moi! Last year yesterday, I submitted my application for the Peace Corps, and a year later, here I am. First birthday in Africa, but completely Chinese style. Thanks to my wonderful Chinese friends and Kate, my would’ve-been-lonely-birthday this year turned out to be quite fun! The morning began with Kate buying a variety of goodies from the boulangerie. Follow by lunch where we had homemade noodle! It’s the first time I’ve ever seen noodles made completely from scratch. I must say, it’s quite impressive.

The festivity continued with a great feast of food. Pictures worth a thousand words, so I’ll let them do the talking.

I am really lucky! The first day that I met these great people, Mr. Zhang told us that he admires our work here and while he can’t serve Cameroonians as we do, he will be a “volunteer for volunteers”. Right now, he wins the “Volunteer of the Year” award for volunteers. What a blessing! These next two years would’ve been very different! Low expectations yield high satisfaction. That is going to be my motto for life. I had no expectation for my birthday, or even this Peace Corps thing in general, and now, I can’t be more satisfied.

My Chinese Family in Cameroon

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