So, my name isn’t really Layla Hamidou…but for the next two years, I’ll answer to it 🙂

From July 2010 – September 2012, I will be a Municipal & Community Development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa.  In September of 2010, after three months of language, technical, and cross-culture training, I was sworn in as a Volunteer and entered two years of service as a Community Development Agent.  My main work responsibilities are to strengthen the capacity of municipalities to identify needs and put into place quality services and programs, as well as to increase citizen participation by directly involving local people in the process of developing their own community. Additionally, the opportunities for side projects are numerous, and I know I will be doing significant work with women’s groups, my local schools, and the village hospital.

I am proud to join a long legacy of service – Niger became one of the very first countries to host Peace Corps volunteers in 1962, and since then thousands of successful volunteers have come and gone after leaving their mark on their communities, making Niger the longest running Peace Corps country currently in service.

Before I began my service, I had never traveled out of the USA before and I am so honored to be a Peace Corps Volunteer, a goal I’ve had for as long as I can remember.  

Some background information on me:  I’m from Orlando, Florida. I graduated from the University of Central Florida, and I had a fantastic college experience.  

I will read literally anything I can get my hands on, I love iced coffee, my sister, pumpkin-flavored things, making crafts, chocolate covered pretzels, and riding my bike, and I will never turn down a chance to sing in front of a large group of people.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jamie
    Jan 01, 2010 @ 01:53:01

    I love youu! 🙂
    Way to goo!


  2. Jessica Matias
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 10:52:11

    Just found out you were doing this… I am officially following your blog for the next two years! I am jealous you have been losing so much weight with all your biking and eating beans! I guess I need to hop over to Niger and get back to my high school bod! lol. Take care and keep updating your blog!! Glad you found an AXID in Africa… and you’re right… Of all people, YOU WOULD!

    J-Miles… Matias (lol)


  3. Christina
    Oct 24, 2010 @ 11:23:14

    I love reading your blog and hearing of your adventures! Stay safe! Miss you! TFJ


  4. Danielle Rizzo-Mantelli
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 16:30:46

    What an inspiration you are!!! Although, I have not had the pleasure of meeting you, I learned of your courageous journey through Alpha Xi Delta Alumni mailing. I just wanted to wish you well! I know it will be a wonderful and humbling experience, even though through your bio, you seemed to be very humbled already. May your generosity continue to spread.
    Xi Love~


  5. Brooke Barber
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 09:44:05

    Hi Jessica,

    just stumbled onto your blog. I served in Niger from 2006-2008, in Zinder as well. I was trying to hunt down the PCV who may have been placed in my village of Bankareta. I know Jill was the volunteer who took over when I left in March of 2008…


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