Author Archives: Stacy Jasper

October 16

Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

September was the halfway point of my assignment in Ethiopia. I was fortunate enough to have my husband come for a visit (yeah!) to celebrate our anniversary and the Ethiopian New Year (September 12th welcomed the year 2008!). After the celebrations and explorations of Addis Ababa were complete, we traveled to Lalibela, an old town […]

August 05

Driving vs Walking

Both are a bit frightening for newcomers. The tour books suggest using taxis while in Addis, rather than renting a car.  It did not take long to figure out why! Most roads have no dividing lines, but even when they do, it is just regarded as a suggestion. In 3 weeks I’ve lost count of […]

July 29

Arrival and Project Start

I am working with Amref Heath Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Their vision is to create lasting health change in Africa with a mission of commitment to improving health by partnering with and empowering communities and strengthening health systems.  Priorities include health of women and children; HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria; diseases related to water, sanitation, […]

July 16

Challenges Getting Started

How to pack for 6 months in Ethiopia?  Start by spending some time on the internet reading posts from previous Pulse volunteers, world travellers, and Peace Corps volunteers.  Recommendations typically included malaria prophylaxis, all medications and first aid supplies you may need, sunscreen, toiletries (including TP, Kleenex, and wet wipes) to last a couple months […]