Imagine going to place you have never visited or stayed before, speaking a language you have never spoken (not even a greeting), or meeting people you have never met. That was me when I moved to my community as a CorpsAfrica Volunteer, and it didn’t take me long to realize that this was the place I’d be spending my time for about 11 months. “How would you go about it?” Usually CorpsAfrica Volunteers happen to have host families when posted at sites, but this was different with me and my partner Hope. Having no host family was both awesome and frustrating. I had never spoken the language my community does and the only person I knew who spoke the same language as me was almost 5km away.
So how did I go about it? Simple! I made friends and learned the language! And in the process of this I found two important people who made things happen for me and my work.