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Irene Harvley-Felder grew up in Sanford and graduated from Elon University in 2005 with a degree in English/Creative Writing. After graduation she worked briefly as a copy editor for The Education Center in Greensboro before joining the Peace Corps. She arrived in Namibia in November 2005, completed training in the town of Omaruru, and was sworn in as a Volunteer in January 2006. She is currently teaching at a primary school called Baumgartsbrunn, which is located 45km south of Windhoek. She will complete her Peace Corps Service in December of 2007. Irene can be contacted at: irenefelder@gmail.com

 Click here to see a slideshow of photos by Irene Harvley-Felder in Namibia

January 2, 2008
NOISE AND THE LAST DAYS

Even when I sit perfectly still, I can hear things: the distant grind of cars on the highway like the gears of a machine turning; the deep rumble of a plane flying overhead. [full blog entry]

November 2, 2007
FIRE THREATENS SCHOOL, THEN DOESN'T

I'm looking at my journal trying to figure out where the days have gone. [full blog entry]

September 26, 2007
SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT SHE WANTED

I’ve been reading a lot of poems. These days, my mind is in a thousand places at once, and poems are gloriously short, two pages at most (if they‘re longer than that, I won‘t finish them). [full blog entry]

July 28, 2007
THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS

I haven't written for awhile. I have an excuse, but it's going to take some explaining about Peace Corps Volunteers in Namibia. [full blog entry]

May 15, 2007
APRIL

My colleagues call this Little Winter. The clocks have been set back and darkness falls now by 6:00. With no city lights to dull the stars, the sky is magnificent. On any given night, I can find the Southern Cross, the Milky Way, and if I wait long enough, a handful of shooting stars. [full blog entry]

March 6, 2007
DON'T ASK

At least once a day, my whole house hums, a deep bass moaning that starts in the floors and moves up the walls, and you can feel it if you're sitting down, like the rumbling of a plane about to take off. Something about the electrical wiring is amiss. I guess. Either that, or I'm eventually going to explode? Whatever. If I've learned anything here, it's that sometimes you just shouldn't ask questions. [full blog entry]

January 23, 2007
A WEEK

Monday morning, empty schoolyard, one plastic sack dancing in the hostel courtyard, a second caught in the barbed wire, slit open like a sail. A small, dirty school shoe, lace-less, tongue-less, abandoned at the stoop of the grade 2 classroom. Crumpled bits of paper catching in the wind like tumbleweeds... [full blog entry]

DECEMBER 11, 2006
A DECEMBER VISIT HOME

I have just spent 18 hours on a plane from Joburg, and before that there was a flight from Windhoek to Joburg and another layover, so before I get home I will have spent 23 hours traveling... [full blog entry]

November 7, 2006
NAMLISH

After skimming what I wrote, I realized it was time for a little lesson in Namlish... [full blog entry]

October 31, 2006
WALVIS BAY

I have been in this country for 11 months and 17 days and have seen Namibians move with a sense of urgency for only two reasons:
1. Free food.
2. It's Friday and (almost*) time for school to dismiss. [full blog entry]

October 19, 2006
AN INTRODUCTION

I thought it might be helpful to give a little background information, so this dispatch will be an overview of my service so far. I joined Peace Corps for the same reasons everyone lists for joining Peace Corps. I had a vague notion that the scales of justice had been weighted enormously in my favor and I wanted to give back... [full blog entry]


(NOTE: The contents of these e-mails are mine personally and do not reflect the opinions, policies, or positions of any institution or individual mentioned, including the U.S. Government, U.S. Peace Corps, the Government of Namibia, or its citizens. - Irene Harvley-Felder)