Volunteer: Andrew Bernish
RPCV of South Africa (2008-2010). Currently living in Baltimore and working toward a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Maryland (College Park).
Contributions from Andrew Bernish
My host family in the village of Phoshiri has a daughter named Vivian and since I am an honorary member of the family while I am living here, Vivian is one of my “host” sisters. ‘Vivian’ is her given English name and in her case it is unique that her given English name is far more commonly used than her native Sotho name. In fact, I cannot even recall her Sotho name come to think of it. The South Africans call her Vivian and so I do as well. Vivian is 29 years old and she ha...
The town of Phoshiri where the Peace Corps assigned me to live is only reachable by bus. There are no paved roads in or to the village. The kombis (South Africa taxis) don’t run to the village and it’s not reachable by foot as it sits away through the bush on the side of a mountain over a river and 12 kilometers from the nearest ‘town.’ My first three months in South Africa, it never rained. Not once. I have never gone so long in my life without seeing rain. (Actually I’...