Monday, March 16, 2009

Some Words for the New Volunteers Assigned to Come to Benin in July 2009

Alright, you've heard about (or are about to google) the tragedy that we experienced recently and you're hesitant to come to Benin.

That's natural. But consider: there are about 100 volunteers here as I write this, and there will be about 100 next week, next month, and next year. We wouldn't be here if we didn't feel safe.

I am probably the most cowardly person alive. In fact, you might say I have a "chronic anxiety problem coupled with severe paranoia". Yet, I feel perfectly safe here. I do not ever worry about my safety. Ever. Please, if you get blessed with the country assignment, you should absolutely come to Benin.


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