Bread From the Sky

Bread From the Sky Wanting a career change and armed with a graduate degree in international studies a woman in her mid s leaves her divorce and ordinary life behind for a two year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in

  • Title: Bread From the Sky
  • Author: Marie McCarthy
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Wanting a career change and armed with a graduate degree in international studies, a woman in her mid 40s leaves her divorce and ordinary life behind for a two year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa.She learns survival skills in order to live without electricity or plumbing like the rest of the people in her adopted village She also gains language skilWanting a career change and armed with a graduate degree in international studies, a woman in her mid 40s leaves her divorce and ordinary life behind for a two year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa.She learns survival skills in order to live without electricity or plumbing like the rest of the people in her adopted village She also gains language skills as, in addition to French, which is still the official language, there are over half a dozen local languages in common use at her village Adjusting to a new culture, several different languages and some very old attitudes is sometimes difficult, frustrating and funny.There are friends to be made, foods to get used to, bureaucrats and insects to contend with, health issues to recover from and red tape to choke on Dealing with people who want to rip her off, who harass her sexually and otherwise and who always want something from her isn t easy The challenges are offset by the warmth and friendship that was found along the way as well as some amazing adventures As a wise man said to her, Africa will change you, whether you want it to or not This is the true story of the author s two years in Togo as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

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    1. Though I knew the author, Marie McCarthy, while I was in Togo in the Peace Corps, we lost touch with one another and I found this book in a roundabout way on amazon. I thought this was an interesting account of Da Marie's experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer; what was so interesting to me was though we were in Togo at the same time (she arrived less than a year before I did) our experiences were remarkably different - where we lived, our work, etc. But, there were also many commonalities and it [...]

    2. Bread from the Sky by Marie McCarthy is a touching and truthful story, recounting the author's two years spent in Togo, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Ms. McCarthy dove right into her new lifestyle with undeterred optimism and an authentic thirst for learning everything and anything about the Togolese ways. Despite the lack of electricity, running water and sterile, hygienic living conditions we are accustomed to here in the U.S Marie couldn't help but feel delighted to be there! The la [...]

    3. How many cat heads do you have to eat before you acquire the characteristics of a cat? Why do you hang a snail shell in a tree? How do you get a curse removed? And who buried a gri-gri in the yard? These and other questions are answered in Bread From the Sky.Wanting a career change and armed with a graduate degree in international studies, a woman in her mid-40s leaves her divorce and ordinary life behind for a two-year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa.She learns survival sk [...]

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