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This rap/song lyrics was adapted from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and I post this in nostalgia and in memory at the days spent at the Peace Corps training center in Central Uganda fresh of the plane on Ugandan soil. This was approximately 340 days ago when I first arrived in Uganda and was training with 45 other new trainees/volunteers I arrived with. I found this in a word document today and it looks like I wrote sometime in 2016 – I hope you get most of my dorky references!
FRESH PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER
Now this is story all about how
My life got flipped upside down
And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there
And I’ll tell you how I became a Peace Corps Volunteer
In downtown Philadelphia where we staged
To the conference room at Muzardi where I spent most of my days
Learning, mingling, getting rabies shots all cool,
We know how to do this- many fresh out of school
When a couple of viruses that were up to no good
Started making trouble in my cohorts stomachs, dude!
I got one little fever and the PCMO got scared
He said ‘we’re taking you to the hospital, you need some fluids and air’
We begged and pleaded for more free time day after day
But we trained ‘til 6:30pm and staff went on their way
They gave us important knowledge and also Per Diem
I swapped media for hours and said ‘I might as well kick it’
First week, yo this ain’t bad
Drinking Waragi sachets out of a juice glass
Is this what the PCVs in Uganda livin’ like?
Hmmmm this might be alright.
But wait I hear they go barefoot, climb trees, and are like Miles and all that
Is this the type of place that they’ll send this cool cat?
I’ll see at my site, when I’m finally there
I hope they’re prepared for us PCVs to get weird hair
Well when the matatu arrived at site, and I jumped out
There was my counterpart and supervisor standing there
With their hands out
I barely knew how to greet and I aint fluent
I just got here and I’m thinking,
Can I do this?
I asked a neighbour, ‘where’s the water here?’
One boy greeted me and took me there
I thought this kid was nice to take me to it
I thought, ‘I’m so thirsty, yo let’s do it!’
I unpacked many things by 7 or 8
And I told the kid, ‘Thanks, see you later!’
I looked at my new home
I was finally there
To start my service as a Peace Corps Volunteer