What's your job? ...Work with the mayor's office in a small city
in Cote d'Ivoire, looking at the services that the city provides, and helping
them make some of those private businesses. At least, I think that's what I'll
Do they pay you? ...A stipend. I don't know how much yet, but I'm
guessing it won't be much.
Which city are you going to? ...Taabo for my assignment, but I'm in
Alepe for training.
Will you have electricity? ...Yes!
Will you have a bathroom/toilet? ...Yes!
Will you have running water? ...Yes!
Will you have a house, hut, apartment, tent, or live with a family? ...During
training, I lived with a host family, when I'm on my own in Taabo, I'll have my
own apartment! Yippee!
Will you have email? ...In this town with a single paved road, I've
found access to the internet. It's slow and costly, so I'm using it for
quick or emergency communications only.
How will I contact you without email? ...Ummm...the old fashioned
way...pencil and paper!!!
What's your address? ...PCT Kate Whitmore, C/O Corps de la Paix,
06 BP 1282, Cidex 01, Abidjan 06 Cote d'Ivoire
How much does it cost to send a letter to Cote d'Ivoire? ...The
USPS has an international postage rate calculator web site at ircalc.usps.gov.
It appears to be $0.80 up to 1.0 ounces; $1.55 up to 2.0 ounces, $2.30 up to
Are you allowed to come home? ...Yes! As often as I like, at my
own expense. That means I probably won't come home much!! Besides, I am
looking forward to using my money and time off to see Africa!!!
Are we allowed to come visit you? ...Yes!!! The Peace Corps loves
for people to visit their volunteers, and I can't wait for my first visitors
to come see me!!!