The Journey

Sarah Jean Byce, Peace Corps Philippines 2014-16

Joining the Peace Corps meant committing 2+ years of my life to live and serve in whatever country the Peace Corps decided to send me to. My assignment to the Philippines came after seven months of applications, interviews, and pre-medical screening. Flying across the world was a 3-day travel process involving 4 different planes and landing me in the world’s most densely populated city, Manila. Luckily, it was a short stay as I was quickly transported to our training site.

For my first 3 months here, I studied Tagalog language every morning and reviewed technical skills like community mapping and reef assessments every afternoon. Finally, on September 18th I arrived at my permanent site in Odiongan, Romblon.

A yoga session with my host family!!
A yoga session with my host family!!

Here in Odiongan, I live with a host family (at least initially, although I am so fond of the Famero family, that I may stay with them for my entire 2 years!) Each day is a new adventure: I have learned to harvest rice, sing karaoke in Tagalog, kill and cook a chicken, gut fish, rescue a stranded dolphin, and eat balut. While poverty is a daily encounter in my life here, the Philippines is also rich: rich in culture, in community, in marine biodiversity, and I am so happy to call this place home.

8 thoughts on “The Journey”

  1. Sarah,

    Thanks for your valuable contribution to the community of Odiongan, Romblon.. It was 2005 when me and my wife migrated to the United States. I was born in Odiongan, Romblon and I think Miss Famero knows me. My brother Gerby Solis leaves in front of Odiongan Baptist Church.

    I work as engineer in one of Aerospace Company here in Southern California.

    Have fun out there.

    Thanks a Lot.

    Vic Solis

    1. Thank you so much for your comment and best of luck in California. I will look for your brother here in Odiongan. I am extremely happy living here and I cannot say enough about the Famero family, they are wonderful! Ingat ka

  2. vic marlon yes… nice to hear from you….jan ka na pala sa US…sj byce is here in odiongan and we are so happy being with her . SJ is a blessing to our family. She made our house happier since she came. ill contact gerby pirmi kami kita hali…gerby is in prov engineering while sj is in provincial environment..iisa lang office address nila sa Office of the Governor extension dito odiongan…friend ko din sa FB si josephine… God bless see u here on Dec. -Andrew

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