Leaving Suburbia for the Peace Corps

Pattie Baker
37 min readMay 26, 2020
Peace Corps Uganda 2020 invitee Pattie Baker in her home garden

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Truth? I’m Scared.

Truth? I’m scared to death. I am leaving everyone and everything I know to live in a village in Africa without running water and electricity for two years. And at 56 years old, with 30 years of marriage and a comfortable house in suburbia, that’s asking a lot. But with the world in crisis and the future uncertain in so many ways, staying put is no…