First I would like to mention that this blog solely represents my thoughts and opinions and does not represent the ideas of Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc., the U.S. Peace Corps, the U.S. government or my host countries of Guyana and Jamaica.
Greetings! My name is Kelly Reeves and this is my blog! I am 25-years-old, a 2013 graduate of DePauw University, and I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Indiana. My life changed when I decided to go to Haiti in January 2011. I met a lot of interesting people doing incredible things. This trip inspired me to pursue a career and lifestyle working in international communities.
After graduation I started interning and then working at a refugee resettlement agency as a Resettlement Case Aid in the Reception & Placement Department. Essentially I did anything and everything related to helping someone adjust to a new community from health screenings to cultural orientation to teaching English classes. I absolutely loved my job at the resettlement agency and hated the day I had to say goodbye to an amazing staff and group of clients.
In April 2014 I left for Guyana with the Peace Corps–the inspiration for starting this blog– and ended up teaching grade 3 in a Creek community of 200. I am absolutely love Guyana and my community. It was an incredible adventure in an amazing place with really extraordinary people.
In October of 2015 I left Guyana and found myself continuing my PC Service on the island of Jamaica. It’s been a great adventure so far and I can’t wait to see what comes next!!