Journey Through the Peace Corps: Letters from Mozambique

by Alice Pettway

The last time we heard about the latest adventures of poet and frequent WVFC contributor Alice Pettway, she was processing an abrupt shift in her Peace Corps plans after her posting in Mauritania was canceled. But we've just learned, and are happy to report, that Alice's new Peace Corps country director, in Mozambique, has agreed to allow her to blog for WVFC from Africa, when she can find both the time and Net access. Meanwhile, we'll enjoy these words of introduction to her new world, where she and her partner, AJ, will discover what's exciting and perplexing every day.

We are in Mozambique.

How can one statement encompass so many difficult-to-translate experiences? I guess I should start by saying AJ and I are both in one piece (obviously, since I’m writing this). There rest will just be hodgepodge of impressions.

It took us roughly 30 hours to travel from Philadelphia to Maputo. Once there, we had two days of vaccines and orientation in the city and then headed to Pre-Service Training (PST) on Saturday, Oct. 3 (my 30th birthday!). We arrived in the afternoon and were greeted by a crowd of women singing traditional songs of welcome. I didn’t know voices could sound that thick. You felt it more than heard it: a blanket of sound.

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