Albania finds itself fairing pretty poorly among other European and Balkan neighbors regarding the rights of women and gender equality. With all this in mind I knew that women’s empowerment was an issue I wanted to address during my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in northern Albania.
Some six months after ending my Peace Corps service, I’m trying to look back with more neutral eyes. Considering the difficulties of finding fulfilling work and fitting into a small rural Albanian town, was my two years in Peace Corps worth it? Would I do it all again?
adding up all the things Albanians asked for help with, (besides emigrating to America) the most common request was “teach me English.” Neither I nor my site mate are part of the English teaching sector but we nonetheless decided to give it a shot.
The trip between my city and the capital is 5 hours of curvy roads high in the mountains. This leaves you with lots of time to look out the window. One day I noticed that outside of the town Burrel there are bridges in the middle of nowhere. Giant concrete monstrosities 100 feet high.
my most enjoyable and cutest project in Albania: a reading program for preschool children.
Having been sent to perhaps the poorest corner of Europe where subsistence agriculture was still a fact of life, I decided to apply for a grant to start growing a cash crop. Sage.
A recent post on the Peace Corps Subreddit mentioned that they were presented with too many happy stories about Peace Corps and they wanted to hear a more realistic account […]