Category Archives: VaxTrac

3 Ways to Donate to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Effort

If you’re thinking about donating to the relief effort for the ‪#‎NepalEarthquake‬, here are 3 good options: 1. A relief fund set up by RPCVs: One of the hardest hit villages was used for Peace Corps training, so many of the … Continue reading

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But how do you really feel: A self(ie) portrait through haikus

Local government came and ate all our lunches. Subtle corruption. Woke up dark and cold and there it was: stye. in. eye. Bodes well for the day. I slept to survive the twisting and lurching road. Thanks, melatonin. At a rest stop, I … Continue reading

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A series of haikus about a series of events.

He chose the cafe. “I cannot work here,” he whined. A group move ensued. We began at last. But when his phone rang he left. Captive audience. He watched us standing by our two heavy boxes. Thanks for all your … Continue reading

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When in Benin…

Here is a haiku about my experience at the Ministry of Health today: They leave one by one. Soon, we’re sitting there alone. Successful meeting. Until next time, Lauren

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Piecing Together the Nepal Project

I wrote a blog post that was featured on VaxTrac’s website about our work in Nepal. I’m posting it here too because I haven’t yet gone into detail about the work we do at VaxTrac. Enjoy! Part I: Vial to … Continue reading

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Wherever you go, there you are. And so is Peace Corps.

Peace Corps started working in Nepal again in 2012 after a long hiatus.  There haven’t been too many volunteers yet and none of them are currently in the Far Western Region. And yet Peace Corps kept coming up while we … Continue reading

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Namaste Nepal

Namaste is my first Nepali word.  I first heard it when we arrived at the small airport in Kathmandu and a woman in front of us greeted the immigration officer by putting her two palms together as if in prayer and saying … Continue reading

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Por Fin, a New Adventure

I tried to write a new series of haikus over the summer to capture the essence of my “funemployment,” but it was hard to sell the self-deprecating humor. The haikus went something like: Today I woke up and arranged sea shells by size. Productivity. … Continue reading

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