My mind has grown quiet over the last few weeks, each day complicated with tasks has brought me closer to the beginning of my Peace Corps Service in China. I’ve said cheers a hundred times or more to family and the friends of new and old.  It’s a sweet sadness I first met when I joined the other corps 11 years ago. I’ve known it ever since. I moved out of my apartment in Long Beach condensing my belongings into two cases and a carry-on, throwing away everything else. What did I decide to take with me? I packed the essentials, clothes, shoes, a safety razor, cologne,   Read More …

I looked at her grinning, “What am I thinking?” I asked. Her reply, “dumplings.” I couldn’t believe she knew. how did she know? “How did you know? We haven’t talked about food at all today or dumplings for that matter.” “Because I get you,” she said smiling at me in a way only lost lovers know. Will I regret leaving her behind? Who will we be in two years? Will I see her again? Sure we confess our optimism, but the sadness tinted expressions we exchange tell the truth– neither of us knows. So here I am now, making her a bracelet as a gift   Read More …

Hello and welcome! My name is Andrew and this is the beginning of what I hope becomes a comprehensive blog of my experiences as a Peace Corps China 24 (the 24th cohort) volunteer from 2018-2020. Although I haven’t yet left for my 27-month long tour of service, It feels like it has been a journey to this point in the application process. My timeline so far has gone as follows. June 6, 2017: turned in my initial application for a University English Teaching Position in China. June 21st, 2017: interviewed for the position July 1st, 2017: offered and accepted the position   Read More …

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