On June 4th I will be transporting my sorry self to Burkina Faso to teach math as a Peace Corps Volunteer! You can follow my undoubtedly awkward interactions with literally everyone here.
Knowledge is Power
Burkina Faso is a small, land locked country in West Africa (bordering Ghana, Togo, Mali and other such nations). Like most of West Africa, there’s quite a bit of French speaking going on so I’ll be able to expand my vocabulary beyond “croissant” and “Louboutin”.
On June 6th, I will land in the capital, Ouagadougou (wah-gah-doo-goo) for a couple days before heading to the training site (and my host family!!) in Leo (Map Attached) for 10 weeks of training before travelling to my village, the location of which is still undisclosed.
Things you, as my friends and family, can do for me while I’m gone:
1. TALK TO ME! I will likely miss everything about this country the second I step on African soil so please write me letters, e-mail me, and send me the occasional carrier pigeon. Tell me about your life, your job, your friends and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD IF BEYONCE DROPS A NEW ALBUM WHILE I’M AWAY YOU ALERT ME IMMEDIATELY.
My address while I’m in training is as follows:
Hadden Martinez, Peace Corps Trainee
01 BP 6031
2. Bear with me. Running water, electricity, and internet access are extremely difficult to come by, though I’m pretty sure Wi-Fi is the easiest to obtain out of all of those. Communication will be intermittent but I’m likely still in Africa and still alive, if ever you get worried.
I’m so stoked to share more information about Burkina when I’m there because at this point, I’m pretty much regurgitating what PC/ Wikipedia told me.