About Kim

Hello there! I am a recent college graduate of Stanford University in Stanford, California. I received a BA in Human Biology with an Area of Concentration in Global Pediatric Health. I am originally from a tiny town in rural western Kentucky called Tiline (don’t worry, even people from Kentucky haven’t heard of it). I had a wonderful four years at Stanford and am excited to start a new chapter in my life as a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar. During my two years of service I will be a Health Educator, living and working in a host community. I hope to chronicle my adventures through this blog (whenever I have internet access that is) so I can maintain contact with friends and family, share knowledge about the beautiful country of Madagascar, and hopefully inspire others to embark on their own exotic travels.

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”  ~Nelson Henderson

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. richard conner
    Jan 12, 2012 @ 06:23:55

    Hello Best Buddy..just wanted to say I miss and love you very much!

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  2. Kendra
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 08:20:05

    I stumbled across your vlog on youtube and have been up half the night reading your blog ( I’m not a creeper :P) I just wanted to let you know that I learned a lot from you blog and it makes me look forward to the day that I receive my Peace Corps invitation, I am currently going through medical. Keep up the good work and thanks for the inspiration!!

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    • khconner
      Jul 14, 2012 @ 12:50:41

      Haha, no worries…I am just glad that you found it interesting! If you are going through medical then you are nearly there! Just keep chugging along and you’ll have a nice, shiny invitation as your reward in no time. Best of luck!

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  3. the_lunatic
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 18:01:43

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  4. Kristen
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 06:36:28

    I recently received my invitation to serve as an Education Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar arriving for pre-service training in July 2013. I read every one of your blog entries starting from the beginning. Took me a few days but they were very entertaining and engaging! I’ve even parroted a few of the stories to my parents. I am excited to experience similar situations in my two years in Madagascar. Any advice for the Peace Corps volunteer who’s still preparing to ship out in a few short months?

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    • khconner
      Mar 13, 2013 @ 07:15:05

      Manahoana! First of all, let me congratulate you on your invitation to serve! Wasn’t it just thrilling to get that big envelope with the letter of invite and country information?? And lucky you – you are assigned to the best Peace Corps country (I may be a tad biased)! Wow, major kudos to you for getting through every one of my blog entries. I don’t even know if any of my family members have read all of them lol!

      Let’s see…advice. Don’t worry, you are absolutely going to have your own crazy adventures during your two years in Madagascar. As your departure date draws near, try not to freak out (easier said than done, I know). But seriously…enjoy your last few weeks by spending plenty of time with family and friends, eating all your favorite foods, playing with your pets, seeing a good movie in a theater, and whatever else you enjoy doing most. Don’t stress too much about packing. I know the 80 pound limit can seem like an unfair constraint but honestly you are gonna realize about six weeks into site that you only really needed to bring about 30 pounds of stuff.

      Although I won’t be there to train you since I am a health volunteer, I will probably get to meet you at some point before I leave the country. And even if our paths don’t cross you are gonna get to know the plethora of crazy-awesome volunteers here in Madagascar. So get excited! 🙂

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  5. Katherine
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 20:22:08

    Hello! I will be joining the Madagascar Peace Corps group in just a few weeks. I was wondering how often you have internet/are able to communicate with your family and friends? As my departure date approaches my family is getting more apprehensive. You’re blog is awesome and I’m using it as an example for my parents, I’m hoping it will help them stay calm.

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    • khconner
      Jun 25, 2013 @ 20:37:56

      Hi Katherine! Congratulations on being invited to work in the best Peace Corps country ever! Okay, I’m clearly biased but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also true. How often you have internet access will really depend on your site assignment. For instance, I live only about an hour and fifteen minutes outside of the capital so if I am ever just dying to use the internet I can always go to the capital for a day and get access there. But there are some volunteers who live pretty far away from larger cities where internet is available. However, Peace Corps will never place you at a site where there is no cell phone service, so as long as your parents have international calling, you should always be a simple phone call away. Also, a lot of volunteers that bring laptops with them choose to purchase USB modems for their computer. I held out for a long time but I finally broke down and bought one a few months ago. The USB modems can be pretty limiting due to spotty service and the fact that you have to purchase MB, but it is an option for most volunteers in Madagascar. So the bottom line is, your parents can relax because Madagascar is not a black hole. You should be able to have phone conversations when you want and get some form of internet connection at least once a month, if not more. Get excited for Peace Corps Madagascar and as much white rice as you can eat!

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  6. Ananya
    Aug 14, 2015 @ 16:52:35

    Hi Kim! My name is Ananya and I just got accepted into Peace Corps Madagascar for Health as well! I was wondering if we could get in touch! Thanks so much!

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    • khconner
      Aug 14, 2015 @ 20:41:23

      Hello Ananya! Congratulations on your Peace Corps invitation! Welcome to the PC Madagascar family 🙂 I’m more than happy to speak with you about my experience and answer any questions you may have. Shoot me an email at khconner@gmail.com.

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