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My name is Michael Waidmann and I am a Peace Corps Volunteer living in Bonga, Ethiopia. These are my stories, thoughts, and epiphanies. I serve in Bonga, Ethiopia, a beautiful rainforest town that is experiencing rapid growth. An unrelenting idealist and romantic, I’ve been hardened some by the realities of life, but I persevere. I do believe the most important tool a PCV can have is a sense of humor and the humility needed to endure without a toilet. I typically post here to work out some of my observations, reliving small details and figuring out large concepts. Often times I paint the pretty picture here, but that is how I try and live! I’m dirty and sick and often traveling by bus, but I am happy.
I’m working to rebuild our local school and I spend most of my time fundraising, organizing volunteer work days, designing solar light bulbs and making sure the correct materials are purchased. I also worked with the organization Peace Care to set up an annual medical seminar for rural health workers and teach English at the High School.
Even though it is challenging, difficult to navigate physically and culturally, I honestly love Ethiopia and the Peace Corps.
I mention my girlfriend, Carly all the time. Her awesome photography blog can be found at:
I also often talk about the health center run in the town of Chiri. It is a GREAT cause to donate to, run by amazing folks who save lives everyday.