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3 Totally Unique Zambian Adventures

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In the past year and a half I've been to Zambia three times (in reality, the first time was only for half a day when I went to Victoria Falls with friends). I was in Zambia for three weeks in December 2016 and again for three weeks this past July, both times to visit Alex's family and friends who still live in Zambia.

Basically, I've fallen in love with Zambia and here are three unique activities I recommend if you ever get the chance to visit.

Kundalila Falls

Kundalila is a gorgeous waterfall in Luangwa Valley in the Central Provence. These falls are a hidden gem completely off the beaten track; we spent all day there and didn't see a single other person (aside from the park security guard). After a scenic 15-minute hike you can take a dip in the icy waters in the basin of the falls. Kundalila is approximately a 6-hour drive from Lusaka so not many people are eager to make the trek, which means Kundalila is serene and practically untouched. If you need a place to stay…

Peace Corps Secrets

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This is my last blog post about Peace Corps. I finished my service 4.5 months ago, and frankly, I've run out of things to say. However, if there is anything else you want to know, feel free to ask in the comments or send me an email!

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I loved my Peace Corps service. I think I've made that quite clear throughout my blog and YouTube channel. But it wasn't perfect, and if you are considering joining Peace Corps, you should know everything. Prepare yourselves.

Disclaimer: Like I've said a million times, I can only speak about Peace Corps South Africa and my personal experience, blah blah blah.

1. PEACE CORPS IS LIKE HIGH SCHOOL.
I feel bad throwing high school under the bus since I actually liked my high school, but if One Tree Hill has taught me anything, high school can be a bitch - and so can Peace Corps.
Take 35 complete strangers and throw them together in an intense situation half-way across the world and drama is bound to occur. In fact, the Peace Corps rumor mill…

Mental Health in the Peace Corps // UPDATE

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I first wrote about Mental Health in the Peace Corps over a year ago while I was still in the midst of my Peace Corps service. That post is easily my most popular blog post and has surpassed 1300 views to date. Since publishing it, I've received countless comments, emails, Facebook messages, etc. from people either thanking me for writing about mental health as a PCV, or asking me questions on the subject. A few people even suggested that I write an update to the original post: Did I struggle with mental health during the last year of my service? Do other volunteers feel the same way? How has Peace Corps' approach to mental health changed in the last year?

Well, the time has come... an update on mental health in the Peace Corps.

AN UPDATE ON MY MENTAL HEALTH
Since writing the original post, I've decided to stop taking anti-anxiety medication. I know, I'm freaking out too. Especially since 11 months ago I was increasing my medication dosage. Peace Corps wasn't alwa…