Get Involved

You don’t have to travel to Botswana to help my work as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  Here are some ways you can contribute right from home:

March 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps! As its “golden anniversary”, I am personally accepting all gifts – gold jewelry is especially welcome... white gold, please.

Jokes aside, in order to help celebrate, volunteers across the world are challenging their friends and families to live like a Peace Corps Volunteer for a week.  There are different levels of difficulty, and the challenge is specific to my experience here in Botswana!

Should you accept the challenge, be sure to email me as well as filling out the “Accept the Challenge” form.  Do the challenge with your whole family, your roommates, your sorority (yes you, Alpha Phi – Eta Eta), your colleagues, your church, your knitting club, your drinking buddies… then take pictures, share your experience (Facebook, Twitter, your local paper, barroom/girl/pillow talk), and get featured on the very famous blog, I’m Gonna Find My Way.

Feel free to email me any questions.  I can’t wait to hear stories!

Once upon a time, a woman named Pam went on vacation to Botswana.  Upon learning about the lack of books and libraries in schools and throughout the country, Pam moved to Botswana and began a non-profit to bring books to children.

Since then, Pam’s organization, Botswana Book Project, has brought countless books from America to schools throughout Botswana.  As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I’m put first on the list to go grab as many books as I can carry and bring them back to my junior secondary school and preschool.

How you can help: UPDATE!  On May 3rd (my birthday!!) all the books shipped out from Atlanta and will be ready for pick-up at the end of June.  I will be receiving fourteen boxes of books - seven for my secondary school and seven for my preschool.

The project is a yearly event.  If you have any books that you are willing to donate for next year, check out the guidelines.   If you're a teacher, it could be a great opportunity for a book drive.  We can work together to make it a cross-cultural experience for your students.  Of course, monetary donations for the shipment next year are also always welcome.

Check out these links:

Read this for updates and to see what a great project this truly is

Help my YES Club:

Recently, my students have discovered Roald Dahl books.  We've read Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I'd love to continue group reading time, but don't have any more sets of books that are at the appropriate level for my students.

If you work at a school and happen to have a few copies of the same book that are not being used, my students would be extremely thankful.   Even if you happen to have just 3 or 4 copies of the same book, the students will happily share.

Roald Dahl books are at just the right reading level - any more difficult and my students would be lost, but difficult enough where we can learn new vocabulary.  Also, having a few pictures helps to keep them interested as well.

While I am getting books from the Botswana Book Project, I'm not sure if any of those will be in sets.  Email me if you're interested in helping out!